The 61-year-old Italian leaves Everton and will be presented tomorrow with Florentino Prez at Real Madrid City.

Ancelotti, in February 2015, before a match against Schalke.REUTERS

At the end, Carlo Ancelotti. In the search to find a captain for the helm of their ship, Real Madrid has turned to the past, to nostalgia, to the memory of success. To the man who won the club’s most coveted award: the Tenth. The man who raised the Champions League and a Copa al Bara for the first glory of a generation that later, without him, would conquer heaven three years in a row. Ancelotti returns to Madrid six years later as a calm solution to a troubled moment, after a year without titles and the unexpected letter from Zinedine Zidane against the directive. The answer has not been the character of Antonio Conte nor the young impulse of Mauricio Pochettino, don’t even bet on the newbie Ral Gonzlez, otherwise Carletto.

The name emerged in the early hours of Monday and was expanding hours later between whatsapps and calls. In the morning, this newspaper was able to confirm that the Italian coach had the first place in the final sprint against Pochettino on the Madrid bench, while his environment struggled to keep quiet assuming a busy day. They were working on his separation from Everton.

A career in which Conte had already been ruled out, without a team after leaving Inter. He did not like his excessive character, which presupposes a revolution at all levels. Nor did Ral enter the list, consolidated in Castilla as a future project that Madrid still does not want to burn. And Pochettino, desired again, as in 2018 and 2019, his contract with PSG and the good relationship that the Madrid directive wants to maintain with the sheikh prevented his disengagement. He wanted to, but for the third time he didn’t come out.

True to some ideas

And then: Ancelotti. The theoretical rebuilding of the squad and the belief in the young promises project required little improvisation in the selection of the coach. Not much personality nor much rebellious. Neither a difficult attitude nor someone inexperienced. If this filter of characteristics is joined by a veteran who knows the house, the city and the staff, the name of Carlo emerges.

The Italian has an excellent relationship with Florentino Prez, who moved heaven and earth for years until he managed to sign him in 2013, making him the first transalpine to sit on the Madrid bench since Fabio Capello. Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Bayern, Naples and Everton complete a curriculum full of titles, leadership and, above all, loyalty to ideas. And that is what the Madrid board values ​​the most at this time.

The conviction has emerged in Chamartn’s offices for several seasons that the club-states and the big billionaires of European football can only be tackled through good investments in promising youngsters. Thus came the Vinicius, Rodrygo, Odegaard, Reinier, Valverde, Militao, Jovic, Kubo O Brahim, mixed with a powerful quarry (White, Gutirrez, Marvin, Arribas…) and the signing of stars in some key positions, such as Courteous, Hazard O Alaba. And in the meantime, bet on the young. A vital idea that made the club collide with Zidane during the last season and that was considered immovable in the choice of coach.

Difficult decisions

In his previous stage, Ancelotti found himself an already formed squad that had just been a Champions semi-finalist with Mourinho. There were the Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, By Mara, Xabi, Modric, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo O Casillas. I touched almost nothing and triumphed. Now a different team awaits the Italian in which he will have to make, and assume, difficult decisions with footballers whom he has not seen for many years.

Little problem for a coach who wanted to return to the front row after two years in the middle zone of the Premier with Everton. There lie some of the doubts with the transalpine. Have they lost their essence or is winning titles like riding a bicycle? His last trophy was in the summer of 2017 with Bayern.

To pass the Bernabu football exam, Ancelotti and Madrid will have the iron hand of the sergeant Antonio Pintus, who also returns to Valdebebas to lead the physical preparation of the squad, the great problem of this last season. The Italian assistant became famous in the first stage of Zidane, between 2016 and 2018, when he turned a talented team into a physical machine that reached its peak of form in May. Work has.

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