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Ancelotti's Azzurri destiny

Carlo Ancelotti is destined to be the Italy Coach, writes Richard Hall, but when is the right time for him and the Nazionale?

Any talk of Carlo Ancelotti coaching the Azzurri should begin with the parties agreeing on one simple thing. It is a matter of when, not if.

Joachim Low and Gareth Southgate had nowhere near the experience of the aforementioned Coach, whilst Didier Deschamps has been nowhere near as successful. There is no doubt that his CV, boasting three Champions Leagues and four league titles in four countries, is enough elevate him to that level. The questions should be instead: would he want it, when and, would he still be relevant?

After somewhat surprisingly being axed by Bayern Munich, Ancelotti finds himself with many a European club asking the question, would we be better off with him? Despite these super clubs circling, he has decided to take 10 months off to recuperate and enjoy family life, watch football and plan his next move. This has led many to believe that, with Giampiero Ventura only managing to get the Azzurri it seems into the World Cup play offs, that his next move is obvious.

Perhaps Ancelotti will take over the national team when the veteran Ventura is dismissed after they scrape miserably to Russia? It’s unlikely. Despite the fact that by his own admission and as his own autobiography says, I prefer the cup, it seems it is not on his radar. Talking after his exit from Real Madrid, he spoke to the Gazzetta Dello Sport in 2015 and said that this is something for one day, but not for now.

One of the reasons behind this is a very strange theory where the 58-year-old seems to have his own bizarre equation. Italy won the World Cup 12 years after finishing second in both 1982 (second 1970) and 2006 (second in ‘94). Therefore, the prediction is that they will get to the Final this time round in Russia and then win in 2030. This tongue in cheek answer he provided the Gazzetta gives him 10 years plus of club management before he decides to take on the Nazionale. He even went so far as to reference that, like Arrigo Sacchi, he could also have his last hurrah at 71 years young.

He does see the Azzurri as a career-defining honour on which to end on, but it is arguable that he may be more relevant now. His differing tactical approaches at PSG, Milan and Bayern (to name a few) have seen him adapt to leagues, players and situations.

A student of Nils Liedholm, he began at Parma with a traditional 4-4-2, pressed heavily and later confessed he had been too rigid limiting Gianfranco Zola’s creativity. Influenced by Sacchi, he liked four at the back, but had variations. As time wore on, he adapted it to 4–3–1–2, 4–1–2–1–2, a 4–4–2 diamond formation or even the famous Milan ‘Christmas Tree’ 4-3-2-1.

Ancelotti may have a persona that is calm and incredibly good at merging stars in the dressing room into a cohesive unit, but this isn’t always the case. He has been known to lay down the law and his ideas are not always taken on by nodding dogs on the training ground. Just ask Munich. Even so, he is better than most and could easily, tactically and personally command a national team’s attention for the space of a tournament.

Italy would do worse than trying to get the ex-Bayern Coach on board before the mythical 2030 date, but perhaps this tournament is too soon. After all, he does want to do this near the end of his career, but one should never say never in football. Remember, this is a World Cup and if Italy scrape through, then perhaps Ventura has done what he can for this team. This is a good generation of players who could go far in the tournament if coached correctly. Ancelotti does love a cup after all, he has won 23 of them, so why not 24 and why not the biggest of all?

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Have your say...
100% Ancelotti needs to take over now.
Unfortunately Ancelotti is a real manager he will have looked at the pool of players at his disposal and i think we need to be honest its not a good group and not good enough to succeed at the highest level.
Italy needs reform there are simply to many foreigners in Serie A, there are matches played where the ref is the only Italian on the pitch. This is the root of the problem and the reason i fear we will never see a Capello or Ancelotti for Italy.
on the 7th October, 2017 at 6:01am
If Ancelotti does eventually take the job before Russia, would he at last call up and give a try to Pepito Rossi

???

If he is playing and training, why is he always overlooked? He could easily play behind whichever two strikers work well together. That would be formidable.

The other leak in the boat is Buffon. I say put Perin or Donna in there.

Don't be too down, guys. Look at Argentina and Messi and the thread they hang by. They may not be in Russia next year!

So says Jenks.....
on the 6th October, 2017 at 3:07pm
Toto, I agree. Took the words from my bocca.

Ancelotti should have been hired back in 2011 rather than the silly Prandelli who did nothing for us except humiliation. I was screaming back then for his appointment, but alas.

Now this Ventura character. My goodness, nothing to say really. Get him out, per favore.

And we don't NEED more foreigners *Jorginho* please. Let him play for Brazil, he is BRAZILIAN after all. If they don't want him, why should WE take him???

The blood boils, boys.
on the 6th October, 2017 at 2:59pm
Part the reason Venturra took the job was because no one else wants the responsibility of the Italy job , Carlo's wage demands would be far to high for Italy and he said he wants to coach Roma first as that is his boy hood club .
on the 6th October, 2017 at 9:21am
I hate to dismiss Ventura (in both senses of the word) but Ancelotti is an Italy manager in waiting so why not make him manager now. If we qualify for Russia then we have to give Ventura the benefit of the doubt, even if we are destined to perform poorly. But if we struggle in our next two games and look bad ... I'd be a lot more confident of coming through the play-offs with Carlo at the helm. Although, would he take it? Could you imagine if he took over in the play-offs and we didn't make it?
on the 6th October, 2017 at 8:39am
Juve takes surplus Bayern players, so Italy can take surplus Bavarian coach. The way proven up the ladder to Real and Bayern.
I was watching every single FCB game last season and did not find anything exciting in their game besides next to Lewandowski scoring. RL9 injury = FC Bayern lost (CL against RM). Toady: M.Neuer injury = FCB looses again.
BTW Italy lost in 2016 due to penalties (Zaza: Conti mistake!), Bayern lost to RM due to penalty (A.Vidal: Ancelotti mistake!!).
on the 6th October, 2017 at 8:05am
Yes, sign him tomorrow !!!!!
on the 5th October, 2017 at 9:50pm
Carlo plz save this train wreck and take over asap.

At least, Carlo will play a formation that makes us compete against anyone, we will also have a style of play, which up until now, i am not sure what Ventura is doing.

Under Ventura the Azzurri move at snail pace and barely move forward with their passing, as most passes are directed towards the back then up top.

Carlo has won CL's, league championships and has the required leadership skill and winning pedigree.

Carlo plz join us!
on the 5th October, 2017 at 5:21pm
why??? he can't even manage a club properly these days??? fired left and right so yeah perfect pic for the Azzuri coach!! wtf???
on the 5th October, 2017 at 1:28pm
Rusdi, if I was a Milan fan, I would go after Conte or Simone Inzaghi. The latter is doing an outstanding job with the players & squad size that he has.
on the 5th October, 2017 at 8:33am
He ticks all of the boxes. I cannot think of any concerns about his potential appointment. Going back to Ventura, I will be so angry if we lose Juninho to Brazil. It's asinine because Juninho can easily play in a 2/3 man midfield & probably perform better than any of our other players.

The potential 343 is better, giving Insigne the opportunity to play in his club position. I don't like Darmian as a LWB though, & I still think that we'd be better off with 3 in central midfield.
on the 5th October, 2017 at 8:30am
@Save the Azzurri i disagree obviously there is pressure surrounding big games and tournaments but essentially it is a part time job no where the same demands or stress that a club job consistently offers.

For me it is money ancelotti would have to make a financial sacrifice in order to manage the national team. Secondly until ventura is sacked there can't be a commitment by ancelotti. thirdly lack of job security it is plausible that you could get fired for being knocked out of a semifinal.
on the 5th October, 2017 at 7:47am
If only!
He could get the Azzurri competitive for the WC in 8 months but why would he take over right now when Italy are a train wreck atm thanks to that loser Ventura?
It would be too stressful especially after what Bayern did to him and besides FIGC would not pay him what he's worth but we can dream all the same..
on the 5th October, 2017 at 2:36am
#fireventuranow_saveitaly
on the 5th October, 2017 at 2:35am
Milan fans don't like this! LOL
on the 5th October, 2017 at 1:14am
Please yes!!!!
on the 4th October, 2017 at 11:48pm

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