Italian Carlo Ancelotti said he will demand more goals from Real Madrid’s strikers next season, and promised to provide “beautiful attacking football” when he returns to coach the team for the second time.
Ancelotti, who coached Real Madrid between 2013 and 2015 and led the team to their 10th Champions League title at the time, was appointed to succeed Zinedine Zidane on Tuesday after the Italian coach split from Everton.
Ancelotti, 61, said he did not have much time to prepare for next season; But he will make the most of all Real Madrid’s potential.
“I will ask the players for the requests of the previous period,” he said in a press conference. “We want to perform better, play more aggressively, organize more and present beautiful football that reflects the history of Real Madrid and the desire of its fans.”
Karim Benzema was Real Madrid’s top scorer last season, with 30 goals in all competitions; But Ancelotti said he would ask the Frenchman and the rest of the attackers for more goals.
“Benzema needs to score 50 goals, not 30. Vinicius Jr needs to score more. Everyone has to score more. I have high hopes for the players, but we need to try and score goals from the wings and the midfielders. It’s not just about signing with Benzema.” A dangerous striker who scores 30 goals as we need to play with an all-out attacking approach.”
In addition to winning the Champions League in 2014, Ancelotti led Real Madrid to win the King’s Cup; But he was sacked the following season.
Then he led Bayern Munich and Napoli; But he was sacked both times before taking charge of Everton, who finished 10th in the Premier League this season.
Ancelotti added, “I am no longer the same coach, I am different. I now have 6 more years of negative and positive experiences. Negative experiences also help you develop and mature.”