Could Ancelotti swap Real Madrid for Man City?

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Ancelotti fearing the sack at Real Madrid
Ancelotti fearing the sack at Real Madrid

The odds on Carlo Ancelotti taking over as Manchester City manager this summer have been trimmed after he saw his Real Madrid side dumped out of the Champions League.

A 1-1 draw in a drama-filled encounter against Juventus at the Bernabeu gave the Italian champions a 3-2 aggregate win, with the pressure now piling on Ancelotti as he looks certain to finish the season without a trophy.

He may be the coach that gave Real Madrid their long awaited tenth triumph in Europe's elite competition last May, but Ancelotti knows that the price of one season of failure at this club tends to be the sack with outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp being tipped to take his place imminently.

Even though City insist they will not sack Manuel Pellegrini this summer, rumours persist that the Chilean may be sacked after a poor season at the Etihad Stadium.

Ancelotti admitted after the game that he did not know whether he would hang onto his job at Real Madrid, with the former Chelsea boss viewed as a prime candidate to take over at City if he is relieved of his duties in the Spanish capital.

When asked whether he expected to remain in his current job for next season, the Italian offered this response: “I don’t know

"We have 15 days to work, we have two games left and we have to close the season. After that, I can speak with the club.”

As he reflected on his side's dethroning as European champions, he suggested the tie was lost in the first leg in Turin last week.

"We played at our best, but we weren’t lucky,” he added. “We had a lot of control and good opportunities, but we weren’t lucky enough to score a late goal.

“I think we were a little bit unlucky in the game and we had opportunities to score a second goals, but we were not able to.

“The whole team worked hard. We did our best, but it wasn’t enough to reach the final."

Ancelotti could also be a strong contender to take over at Liverpool, if the Anfield board decide the time is right to dispense with boss Brendan Rodgers after his third trophyless season at the helm.


Carlo Ancelotti 6/4

Pep Guardiola 6/4

Jurgen Klopp 4/1

Patrick Vieira 6/1

Rafael Benitez 14/1