• Real Madrid The work of 'Sergeant Pintus': 16 goals at the buzzer and 20 fewer injuries

Before the

spring of 2014


Carlo Ancelotti


Real Madrid

were leaders of the


with a three-point advantage over


and four over



Before the

spring of 2015

, Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid were leaders of the League with a


-point advantage over



Before the

spring of 2022

, Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid were leaders of the League with a


-point advantage over


and thirteen over



Relating the arrival of spring to the misfortunes of the white team would be counterproductive when talking about the team with the most

European Cups

and the most


, all of them won before the summer, but it does help to understand a little

the importance of this title for Ancelotti himself


The Italian got down on one knee in the domestic championship in the same month that he lifted the


in the spring in


and bowed his head again in


, but the three years in which he has seen his beloved city of Madrid flourish have bonds that today lead to

caress the altar of the benches

, on the way to being the

first to win the five major leagues


In 2014,

Madrid finished third

after losing at the Bernabéu against


, at the


against Sevilla and at


against Celta, already thinking about the Champions League final, in addition to drawing duels with





All in the final stretch.

That three-point advantage over


was turned around towards the rojiblanco title.

In 2015, after setting the record of

22 consecutive wins

, he lost in March at

San Mamés

and at the

Camp Nou,

he linked

seven consecutive wins

, including one at


(2-3, curiously), and tied at


to move four points away from a Barça that did not stop.

In Europe,

Morata's goal

in Chamartín left him without repeating the final.

This year, the Madrid spring began with a puncture in the Clásico, but the Whites reacted by increasing their lead to the current fifteen points.


perfect league spring

, finally, without gaps and with

two historic comebacks in the Champions League

to once again be on the verge of a final.

"It's a barbarity"

"In the three years he has competed until the end, it's outrageous," they point out from Valdebebas despite that eternal


that argues that

Ancelotti's teams always fall in spring


"It's not like that," those who know him best defend him.

"I have a lot of experience to feel like a champion," the Italian acknowledged yesterday, aware of the

outcomes of 2014 and 2015


The situation now, especially after triumphing in his

third spring visit to Seville

, seems more controlled: "The coaching staff is as if they were level on points with Barça and Seville," they highlight at the Bernabéu.

There is no overconfidence.


Luck is one more quality

. Napoleon used to say that he preferred generals with luck than generals with quality",


joked before the press.

Also on his horizon is the possibility of being the

first coach to win four European Cups


"I couldn't do all of this by myself," he admitted, referring to his task force,

a matter of status seven years ago

, especially for the work of Giovanni Mauri, physical trainer.

Now, with

Antonio Pintus

, there are no doubts in Chamartín.

Neither does Ancelotti, happy to have his compatriot in charge of the muscle of his squad and grateful for how empty the infirmary is.


Mendy and Casemiro

are concerned , he goes down against


due to muscular problems and doubts for the first leg against

Manchester City


"I think that both he and Jovic will be there for that match," said the coach, who announced

Karim Benzema

's starting job and

Luka Modric

's rest .

"Karim is fine, he is not tired so I am going to put him on, and Luka is not going to play, he is a little tired".

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