Carlo Ancelotti stood on the sideline with a pensive look as Real Madrid struggled to find the back of the net against Real Betis. It was a frustrating game for the Italian manager, as his side could not convert their chances into goals. The 0-0 draw did little to ease the growing pressure on Ancelotti, who has been under fire in recent weeks.
Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid has been the subject of much speculation of late, with the Italian tactician feeling the club had already made up their minds about him before the start of the season, according to ABC (h/t Madrix Xtra).
This belief was reinforced when the Real Madrid board did not support him in the transfer market during the summer transfer window.
Although the Italian demanded the signature of several players, including a striker, Real Madrid did not listen to his demands. The manager was shocked to see the club’s reluctance to invest in new players. The club believed that no new signing was needed.
This forced the belief into Ancelotti’s head that Real Madrid’s faith in him was waning. In many ways, it was reminiscent of his first stint at Real Madrid, where he faced similar doubts and questions about his future.
Doubts over Ancelotti’s future have been further fueled by recent links to the Brazilian national team. Another factor is the team’s underperformance in domestic competitions, with the Whites recently losing to Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey.
However, the Italian has proven time and time again that he is a true winner and more than capable of turning things around. Especially in the Copa Del Rey, the Merengue have what it takes to overcome a one-goal deficit against Barca.
Real Madrid are in a good position in the UEFA Champions League after taking a 5-2 lead over Liverpool to go into the tie for the second leg in the round of 16.