Carlo Ancelotti is the most successful manager in European club football. The Reggiolo-born is the first and only head coach to have led his team to four UEFA Champions League titles (Twice with AC Milan, Twice with Real Madrid) and a record of five finals. The 63-year-old may extend this record in the said category as his Los Blancos are still within contention of winning this season’s competition, having reached the quarterfinal. That being said, with so many successes achieved at club level, many have called for the Italian to conquer the international stage next, with Brazil showing great interest towards the Italian.
Ancelotti Confirmed Brazil Interests
Ancelotti had coached some of the biggest clubs in Europe’s Top Five Leagues, namely Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, etc., and won numerous accolades and honours during his tenures with these clubs. Apart from club managerial endeavours, the Italian had also served as an assistant coach for his country from 1992 to 1995 and was part of the management team that led gli Azzurri to the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final against Brazil in the United States.
The 63-year-old himself had confirmed about Brazil’s interests of having him onboard as the new manager, after Tite parted ways with the national side due to an under-par performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar despite being the favourite to win it all. The Italian certainly is no stranger to the Brazil national team, as he has coached plenty Brazilians in the past and present, such as Éder Militão, Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo who are in the present Real Madrid squad.
Furthermore, several Brazil players, past and present, publicly backed Ancelotti to become the next manager, one of which is legendary goalkeeper Dida. Having played for almost a decade under the manager at AC Milan, the former shot stopper hoped that his country can win the rat race to earn Ancelotti’s signature in its search for the next head coach. “Ancelotti is a great manager. Everybody knows. I think CBF and the Brazil national team is considering a coach with great potential. I hope he’s going to sign, but he still has a contract with Real Madrid. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I support him. He is a great manager, and he will do well with Brazil”, he said.
Ancelotti: “I Love Real Madrid.”
Ancelotti’s coaching style, especially when his team is under immense pressure during the knockout stage of competitions, is exactly what the Seleção lacked in major tournaments. During the recent World Cup in Qatar, the Tite-led side started the campaign in superb fashion and even demolished South Korea in the last 16, but the team was unable to penetrate through the Croatian defence and subsequently succumbed to its opponent’s pressure in a penalty shoot-out.
Amidst the interest from the Brazilian national team, Ancelotti had this to say about his future during an interview with Real Madrid legend Guti: “Do I look worried about my future, Guti? I love Madrid as much as you do.” The Italian also brushed off rumours regarding his future during a post-match conference, cheekily stating that “He did not receive any calls or WhatsApp messages as not many people have his phone number” and “He does not want to talk about his future in every post-match conference as everyone is going to get tired of it”.
Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo: “We Want Him There.”
Ancelotti’s Brazilian strike duo Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo did not hide their intention of persuading their current club manager to take on the role of the Brazil national team head coach. The older of the two said, “We joke with him: ‘Wow, coach, we’re waiting for you there. He jokes that we’ll make the squad list together, the four of us in the same room.” The 22-year-old Vinícius Júnior even took the chance to hail Ancelotti as the best manager in the history of football.
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