Saturday’s PL Previews: Everton host struggling Arsenal, Fulham travel to Newcastle

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Euro-chasing Everton look to build on successive wins against Chelsea and Leicester City when hosting Arsenal in Saturday’s 5.30pm kick-off, while Scott Parker’s Fulham face a wounded animal in Newcastle just three days after their hosts were blasted for five by Leeds in midweek. Continue reading

Preview: Everton vs Chelsea – Tricky away trip awaits Lampard’s men on Merseyside

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Chelsea ended their Champions League group unbeaten, one point above Sevilla and will go into Monday’s last-16 draw as Group E winners after their 1-1 draw with Krasnodar. Frank Lampard made multiple changes to the side that overcame an early deficit to beat Leeds three days prior, but is expected to make more ahead of their tricky Merseyside trip this weekend. Continue reading

Premier League Previews: Liverpool travel to Brighton, Everton host Leeds

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After a rare home defeat by Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, Premier League champions Liverpool travel to the south Coast with strugglers Brighton next on the agenda in the day’s early kick-off. As for their Merseyside rivals Everton, they host Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds in a tricky home clash. Read on for two previews from Saturday’s action… Continue reading

Tottenham vs Everton Preview: Two ambitious sides clash in north London

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A new Premier League campaign has arrived, is underway and an intriguing clash awaits in north London on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham host tricky opposition with Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton – an encounter between two sides with lofty aspirations this term. Will either kickstart their ambitions with a statement win to finish the first weekend of the new season? Continue reading

Ancelotti’s sacking highlights cut-throat nature of football

Just a year on from leading Madrid to La Decíma, the Italian manager has been relieved of his duties as Réal boss after a lacklustre season in Europe. Well, erm…

Everybody knows: Real Madrid are one of the best teams in world football, a European powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. With that being taken into consideration, Carlo Ancelotti led them to their record TENTH UEFA Champions League trophy just a year ago; and yet earlier this week, they announced he was being sacked from his managerial post.

Yes, he confirmed earlier in the week that he’d be taking a year out due to neck surgery, but that’s not the main reason as to why he was dismissed from his post in the first place. Personal health is important, do not get me wrong, and it’s not nice to see someone suffering from an injury in such a way, but having to have neck surgery is a back-up story. He was sacked because the team had a poor season. A team of Real stature, reputation, quality and the sheer fact they’ve got plenty of star-studded players including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Jámes Rodriguez at their disposal, they finished in an un-inspiring second place in La Liga behind rivals Barcelona, and were knocked out against Serie A giants Juventus in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Real’s title rivals Barcelona (pictured) celebrated sealing the La Liga crown once again after their 1-0 win over last year’s champions, Atlético

Now on the surface, you may ask, why? Why does that constitute a bad season? Yes they were inconsistent in stages of the league campaign, coupled with the fact that Gareth Bale has been made a scapegoat for the team’s failures in Europe, but why does that mean it’s a bad season? Well, to keep it concise, Real’s perceptions over a successful season, is to win multiple titles every year. They’ve technically won two titles in the 2014-15 campaign, both of which are not exactly the most glamorous (UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup) and as a consequence for that, they’ve unfortunately used Ancelotti as an example, meaning that if you don’t win the best titles, you do not get to keep your job. In the modern era of football, being a manager in itself is a cut-throat business. A few bad results can go against you, and you will be sacked in no time. Ancelotti is no doubt, a world-class boss, has proven himself in many of Europe’s top leagues, and that leads onto my next point. Who is good enough to replace him?

Rafael Benítez, currently of Napoli, has been heavily tipped to take charge of Los Blancos from next season onwards. The Spaniard also has an impressive CV, having led the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Valencia to triumphs in their respective campaigns where he was at the helm. Me personally, I think whoever replaces Carlo, whether that be Rafa (increasingly likely at the time of writing) or another candidate will have a lot of pressure placed on them to deliver standout results from the off-set and warn against inconsistency, which can ultimately cost them their job. At the end of the day, the eyes of everyone will be watching Madrid in the next few months, criticising their every move, because of the sheer scale of what has happened to the club – their manager has been sacked, and time will tell as to whether they’ve appointed the right one, in due course.

It seems to be a never-ending cycle because truthfully, Ancelotti has not done a bad job. He’ll take a year out of management to sort out some personal issues, look after his family and such, but after that, European clubs will be flocking to have him as their new manager, he’s good enough to warrant that. Réal do not seem to care if you’ve done a bad job or not, they want RESULTS, which turns into TROPHIES, which emphasises SUCCESS. Trophies, they have not got. And now, they’re on the search for a new manager to take the reigns at the Bernabeú.

Carlo Ancelotti’s win rate at all of his previous clubs:

Real Madrid – 74%

Paris Saint-Germain – 62%

Chelsea – 61%

Juventus – 57%

AC Milan – 56%

Ironically, Real are at the top of the list. What does that tell you? Ruthless. They are hungry for results, and Carlo did not deserve to be sacked. Taking on the Real Madrid job involves a lot of patience, character, being able to handle pressure and criticism from others. With the way in which Madrid operate, I have to wish good luck to their upcoming manager, who, as Florentino Perez confirmed in his news conference, will be announced next week. If it’s Rafa, time will tell whether it’s a feasible option or not. Regardless, good luck. You’ll need it.