Ancelotti gives 'caza' to Zidane


The Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti added this Sunday with the conquest of the Spanish Super Cup his eleventh title as coach of Real Madrid, equaling the record of the Frenchman Zinédine Zidane, with whom he shares being the second most successful coach in the history of the merengue club.

The one from Reggiolo continues to make history in the Madrid team, where he has built a good record in his two stages in the 14-time European champion. In the first, from 2013 to 2015, he won a Champions League, a Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and a Club World Cup. Trophies to which he has added seven more since he arrived in the summer of 2021, when he began one of the most successful stages of the entity.

Knowing the club, the Italian did not need to adapt and in his first year after his return he won the League – the first coach to win it in the five 'big' continental championships -, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup, and in the second he added the Super Cup of Europe, the Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey, the latter for the first time since the Merengue team won it with the Italian in 2014.

Thus, Ancelotti stands with eleven titles, equal with Zidane, with whom he already shares the second step in the list of honors, and now only has the Spaniard Miguel Muñoz and his impressive 14 titles ahead of him – 9 Leagues, 2 European Cups, 2 Cups and 1 Intercontinental Cup – on the Real Madrid bench in 14 seasons, from 1960 to 1974. And the Madrid coach is the one who has led the white team in the most consecutive seasons in its history and Reggiolo would need a 'perfect' season and full of trophies to match it.

Precisely, Ancelotti has it in his power, if the results continue to favor him, to be the coach who lasts the longest consecutive seasons in office after Muñoz. To do this, he must fulfill his new contract, until 2026, when he would serve five years on the Merengue bench, seven in total.

A 'strange' trend in the capital club, which without titles yet this season opts for the continuity of the Italian. Especially considering that he had never had a coach for more than three seasons, which until now had been the longest that both Vicente del Bosque and the Portuguese José Mourinho had lasted.

The 64-year-old coach renewed his relationship with the Madrid club on December 29, signing for two more seasons and thus settling the rumors that linked him to the Brazil national team starting in the summer of this year. His continuity is based on the data and performance of the squad under his leadership, in a third year in which the whites are leaders in the League, tied on points with Girona, and in the second round of the Champions League .

On an individual level, its effectiveness also invites contract renewal. Ancelotti enjoys more than 72% of victories on the white bench, where with this Sunday's final, he has already surpassed Zidane as the foreign coach with the most games (264) in the club -, very similar to that of José Mourinho ( 71.9%), although he has played fewer games, and ahead of the Marseilles (65%) or Miguel Muñoz (58%).