Ancelotti hoping to have Simeone’s longevity

Sat 11 December 2021 | 18:07

The Los Blancos will lock horns with Atletico Madrid on Sunday, sitting on top of the La Liga table with 10 points in their advantage from the current champions.

Carlo Ancelotti

is aware of

Diego Simeone

’s impact on

Atletico Madrid

and he only hopes to have the same longevity.


Real Madrid

boss has returned to the club in June for his second spell after departing


. Los Blancos are performing better than last season, having gained 39 points after 16 matches.

Atleti will face Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday for their first derby of the campaign, sitting 10 points adrift of the leaders, with a game in hand.

The two coaches have met on 15 other occasions across all competitions, with the Italian tactician having won five games and Simeone managing four. The other six matches were drawn.

However, Ancelotti’s victories have not come in La Liga, with Atleti having won three games out of four – the other one coming down to a draw.


I am not the one who has to say what Simeone has done at Atletico,"

Ancelotti told a news conference on Saturday.

"He has put Atleti among the best clubs in Europe. What has happened with Simeone is what all the coaches want, to stay in a club for a long time and leave their mark on the club.

"It is the dream of any coach. Hopefully it can happen to me at Madrid."

should Ancelotti wish to remain put at Madrid, he has started the season on the right foot as Los Blancos have only lost one league match this season and have topped their Champions League group. However, the 62-year-old has not stayed at a club longer than two years after departing Milan in 2009.


It is three points. Then the emotional aspect, which is playing a derby against a direct rival,"

he added.

"It is clear that this is going to put more pressure on both teams. It is a game that all the fans feel in a particular way, but in the table there are three points [on offer]."

Quizzed whether a win would seal their control of the title race, Ancelotti replied:

"We will have three more points over an opponent who will fight to the end to win this competition. 

"I don't want to put more pressure on this game than it already is.

"We have shown that we have done better than the other teams to date. But the league does not end today, we have to play for six more months and I don't know what can happen. So far we have done better, but we are concerned about the future, not the past."

Ancelotti did not deliver the La Liga title during his first spell at the club and insisted that he has unfinished business when it comes to that matter.


I would value it like the other titles we have won,"

he said.

"The Champions League is the most important competition in Europe and the world. LaLiga is also an important title and it is true that not having won it here gives me more motivation."

source: SportMob

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