Carlo Ancelotti admits Cristiano Ronaldo chose which position he wanted to play
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted how important and big a player Cristiano Ronaldo is to Real Madrid. The Italian manager has revealed he first had to take in Ronaldo’s recommendation of where he should play on the pitch and then decide how the rest of the team would line up.
It isn’t surprising to hear this from the current Bayern Munich manager, considering the stature of Ronaldo in world football. Speaking to Dailymail he said, “He was the most important player and I had to listen to where he preferred to play and after that try to adapt, It was not so difficult because Ronaldo liked to play on the left side, Benzema was a fantastic striker and Bale on the right - I think it was good."
Ronaldo has been Madrid’s best player for many years and has broken several records along the way. But this season something seems to be missing for the Portuguese. He is in a very bad run of form having not scored in 4 home games.
This is his worst ever run since he joined the club in 2009. The lack of goals is also having an effect on his team’s performances as well. Madrid have been scraping past teams and not scoring the 4 or 5 they usually against smaller teams.
It was Alvaro Morata who dug out the team last night after his late winner against Bilbao. Ronaldo was close to the action and he seemed to have raised his hand and look towards the linesman before cutting an even more frustrated figure.
It’s very unclear as to why he was so disappointed at the winning goal with some speculating he was trying to rule out his on teammate's goal for offside as a result of him not scoring the goal himself.
But all this could very well be just completely false.
Conte is a leader – Ancelotti
Antonio Conte seems to have adjusted to life well at Stamford Bridge and after an inconsistent start to the season. Yesterday’s 4-0 demolition of Manchester United have put Chelsea firmly back in the title race.
With their title rivals dropping points this win has made it a difference of just 1 point between the top 5 teams. Conte's former manager Ancelotti, had only kind words to say about the Blues manager.
“I coached him at Juventus and he was a leader. He was a great professional as a player and I think he is the same as a coach. I don't know him well as a coach but his character and personality is very focused. Everyone needs time and he will do a good job at Chelsea.”