Diego Simeone: Carlo Ancelotti is a key figure

Diego Simeone: Carlo Ancelotti is a key figure


Carlo Ancelotti is a key figure at Real Madrid and the club would be making a big mistake if they sack him, according to Diego Simeone.

Los Blancos boss Ancelotti has come under fire in recent weeks and looks set to be sacked at the end of the season given that Real Madrid won’t win any major honours. The last time a Real manager stayed on after a season without silverware was in 1983, when the legendary Alfredo di Stefano ended the campaign empty handed.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side’s game with Barcelona, Simeone came out in support of the man who leads their cross city rivals.

“He is a marvellous coach and manager of groups. If they let him go, they will lose a key figure,” the Argentine stated.

Real and Atletico met each other on eight occasions this season, with Atletico coming out on top overall. They saw off Real in both their La Liga fixtures and also beat them in the Copa del Rey and Spanish Supercopa over two legs each. Real got their revenge in the Champions League quarter finals though, with Javier Hernandez scoring an 88th minute winner at the Santiago Bernabeu after the teams drew 0-0 at the Calderon a week earlier.