CARLO ANCELOTTI

  • Real Madrid stumble not down to fatigue, says Carlo Ancelotti January 17, 2015

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions the world and European champions' recent stumble is a result of the physical toll a packed calendar may have taken on his players. Real set a Spanish record for consecutive victories of 22 games in all competitions at the end of last year,...
  • Carlo Ancelotti wants 'positive aggression' for Atletico clash January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants what he termed "positive aggression" from his players in Thursday's King's Cup clash at home to Atletico Madrid, when the holders will seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit from last week's last 16, first leg. Atletico have had the upper hand over their city...
  • Gareth Bale's form raising concern at Real Madrid January 8, 2015

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti remains loyal to off-form Gareth Bale despite criticism during the team's poor start to 2015 but needs the Welshman to return to his swashbuckling best. Bale has sometimes been accused of being too greedy by Spanish media and those accusations returned after last weekend's La Liga...
  • Tough away games for Barcelona, Real Madrid January 4, 2015

    Madrid: Both Real Madrid and Barcelona kick off the new year with difficult away games Sunday as the La Liga returns to action. Real Madrid travel to face fourth placed Valencia and there is a mood of optimism in Valencia's Mestalla Stadium which will be packed to the rafters with fans...
  • Carlo Ancelotti expecting to sign new contract at Real Madrid December 30, 2014

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that he expects to renew his contract with the Spanish football club. In just under a year and a half at the helm, Ancelotti has led the Spanish giants to the Spanish Cup, the Champions League, as well as the Spanish and European Supercups...
  • Rampant Cristiano Ronaldo looking to improve on outstanding 2014 December 27, 2014

    Madrid: Not content with four titles in 2014, including his second Champions League, prolific Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make next year an even bigger success. Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of Europe's elite club...
  • Khedira would be happy to extend Real Madrid contract December 24, 2014

    Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has indicated he would be happy to extend his contract with Real Madrid beyond June 2015 if an agreement can be reached. Khedira, whose season has been disrupted by injuries, is not a first-choice starter under coach Carlo Ancelotti, with Germany team mate Toni Kroos, Croatia international...
  • Real Madrid beat San Lorenzo to lift Club World Cup December 21, 2014

    Real Madrid won the Club World Cup for the first time by beating San Lorenzo 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale after being forced into a scrap by the feisty South Americans. Real scored in each half to clock up a 22nd successive win in all...
  • EPL managerial job interests Zinedine Zidane December 17, 2014

    Paris: French football legend Zinedine Zidane has shown interest in managing the English Premier League side. The 42-year-old expressed his desire on Tuesday to take the next step in his coaching career and he'd be tempted by a top job in England, reports Xinhua. "The future lies in doing something else and...
  • Carlo Ancelotti in dreamland after Real Madrid set club win record November 30, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he felt like he was dreaming after watching his team secure a club record 16th consecutive victory with Saturday's 2-1 success at Malaga in La Liga. Ancelotti's side have won all their games across the Spanish top flight, the Champions League and the King's...
  • Real Madrid not distracted by record, says Carlo Ancelotti November 28, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid are focused on preparing for Saturday's La Liga game at Malaga and are not distracted by the chance of setting a club record for consecutive victories, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Real have won their last 15 matches in all competitions since a 2-1 La Liga defeat...
  • 15 wins in a row great achievement: Carlo Ancelotti November 27, 2014

    Geneva: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory "a great achievement" and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League. Real defeated Basel 1-0 Wednesday night to qualify for the knockout stage in the Champions League. Basel will take on England's Liverpool in the...
  • Real Madrid to field strongest team at Basel, says Carlo Ancelotti November 26, 2014

    Holders Real Madrid will field their strongest team at FC Basel in Wednesday's Champions League Group B clash despite having already qualified for the last 16, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Real, who have a maximum 12 points from four matches, need only to avoid a defeat of four goals...
  • Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirms contract negotiations November 24, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday that he is already negotiating a contract extension with the Spanish football club. Ancelotti expressed his contentment after leading the club to their 10th Champions League title last season and to the leadership of La Liga this current campaign, reports Xinhua. "I hope...
  • Carlo Ancelotti earmarks Khedira as replacement for injured Modric November 21, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said it was a big blow to lose Luka Modric to a long-term injury, but he hopes to have Sami Khedira fit to take his place in midfield against Eibar on Saturday. Khedira has made few starts this season, having suffered with a succession of injuries...
  • Luka Modric injury gives Carlo Ancelotti midfield problem November 20, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma following an injury to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric when the leaders return to La Liga action after the international break at promoted Eibar on Saturday. Modric is likely to be out until at least January and replacing him with Spain playmaker Isco,...
  • Fit-again Greth Bale to start at weekend, says Carlo Ancelotti November 5, 2014

    Barcelona: Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will return to the starting line-up this weekend against Rayo Vallecano after the Welshman successfully played the final 30 minutes against Liverpool on Tuesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. Bale showed no signs of the muscle injury that had kept him out for a month, looking...
  • Rampant Real Madrid riding high after 'Clasico' triumph October 26, 2014

    Real Madrid's decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu. Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso...
  • Carlo Ancelotti delighted after Clasico win October 26, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema gave them a well deserved 3-1 win over arch rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Madrid had fallen behind to an early Neymar goal on Saturday night, but reacted well and...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in 'perfect shape' before Bilbao clash October 4, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with his team-mates on Saturday and coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was in "perfect shape" ahead of Sunday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. The World Player of the Year took a knock to the ankle near the end of...
  • Real Madrid's defence needs to improve, says Carlo Ancelotti September 22, 2014

    Madrid: Performances have improved but it is too early to conclude Real Madrid have put their earlyseason stutter behind them, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. Real lost two La Liga matches in a row, at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid, before bouncing back with a 51 win...
  • Ancelotti urges positive attitude after Casillas whistled September 17, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti urged the club's fans to "be positive" after captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas was again targeted with whistles in Tuesday's 51 Champions League drubbing of FC Basel. Casillas, who celebrated 15 years since his Real debut on Friday, was blamed by some supporters for not doing...
  • Real Madrid coach Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie in Champions League September 16, 2014

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders' midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu. Real's poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten...
  • Carlo Ancelotti failing to find Real Madrid's missing balance September 15, 2014

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted that his starladen side needs to find a balance between attack and defence as they were again humbled by local rivals Atletico Madrid 21 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Atletico have yet to be beaten by Real in three meetings already this campaign after...
  • Real Madrid's Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti September 13, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and picked...
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo 'in optimal condition', says Ancelotti September 12, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has completely recovered from injury, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday, suggesting the World Player of the Year will feature in Saturday's La Liga clash against Atletico Madrid. Portugal forward Ronaldo was struggling with a knee injury at the end of last season and...
  • Angel Di Maria on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, says Carlo Ancelotti August 24, 2014

    Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday. "Di Maria has not trained with us today and he came in to say goodbye to the players and people at the club," Ancelotti said. "We are thankful for what he has done at this...
  • Atletico coach still believes league title defence impossible August 23, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone saw his side beat Real Madrid 10 on Friday night to clinch the Spanish Supercup 21 on aggregate but reiterated a day later that it was impossible for his side to compete with their rivals FC Barcelona and Real Madrid over a full season. Mario...
  • Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti rules out further signings August 17, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotii on Sunday ruled out any further signings before the end of the month. Real Madrid lost a preseason friendly game 12 to Italian side Fiorentina late Saturday night, reports Xinhua. Real Madrid cruised past Sevilla in the European Supercup Tuesday to lift the first title of...
  • Sami Khedira not leaving, says Carlo Ancelotti August 12, 2014

    London: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu for German midfielder Sami Khedira. The German international was a subject of transfer rumours linking him to three English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. Ancelotti, however, has denied outright any move away for Khedira. "He's...