Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti unsure of future
The Italian talks about his future and picks his favourite for the Champions League final
After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League in the semi-final following a 1-1 second-leg draw against Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti doubted if he would still be in charge of Los Blancos next season. Madrid had lost the first leg of the tie 2-1 away from home and lost after a 3-2 aggregate defeat.
Despite leading the club to “La Decima” last season, Ancelotti’s future with Madrid is under serious doubt after crashing out of Europe. Madrid are also unlikely to win La Liga as they trail leaders Barcelona, who need just 1 win from their final two matches to seal the league, by 4 points.
Ancelotti admitted that his future is not secure.
“I don't know if I will be here next season,” said Ancelotti.
The 55-year-old, however, said that there won’t be any talks with the club now as the season is not yet over.
“We have 15 days left and two games. After that we will speak with the club,” said Ancelotti. “There is not much point talking about the future today.”
Ancelotti tweeted after the match that “they’ll be back”.
Real were on their way to the final after Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the penalty spot, but former striker Alvaro Morata’s goal put the tie back in Juve’s favour. The Old Lady hung on to qualify for their first Champions League final in 12 years.
“The players gave everything they could”
The former Chelsea and Juventus manager claimed that his side tried their best, but were unlucky.
He said, “Tonight we played at our best. We were unlucky we had lots of opportunities but we were unlucky.
“The team gave their all. They did everything they needed to do. We attacked often and we had a lot of opportunities. If I have any regrets, it’s about the first leg, where we didn’t play with the intensity we did tonight. Today, they gave everything they could.
“Football always comes down to the little details. Last year, we won in the final minute and everyone said we were lucky. There’s good luck and bad.”
The Italian praised his former team, Juventus, for giving it their all and qualifying for the final.
“Juventus had a very good season in the league and cup,” said the Real Madrid manager. “They gave their all in both legs and now they’re going to play in the final. Juventus has always been competitive.”
He concluded by saying that although Juventus knocked them out, their Spanish rivals, who beat Bayern Munich in the other semi-final, Barcelona, were favourites for the final.
“Barcelona are favourites but in a final, anything is possible,” he concluded.