“He’s someone I admire for who he is as a coach and also as a person,” affirm Marcelino Garca Toral on Carlo Ancelotti as soon as the semi-final against Atltico was over and knowing that on Sunday Real Madrid was going to be the rival to beat to repeat the conquest of the Super Cup.
The two finalist coaches admire and respect each other, as they also do for their respective teams. In recent weeks they have met twice (two white victories) and after each game they have had the usual talk that two good friends always have when they meet. Not even Covid has been able to handle it.
Davide and Rubén, second coaches of Real Madrid and Athletic, who without knowing each other personally until these two games, have also been in contact and exchanging videos and information for quite some time. There is communication.
Marcelino had the opportunity to play against Sacchi’s Milan in his time as a Sporting footballer. And on that team was a footballer named Carlo Ancelotti, with whom years later he has found himself on the bench. That admiration that the Asturian coach felt towards that Milan, served as a point of connection with the current Real Madrid coach.
Talks, exchange of calls, confidences of coaches and everything to learn about the operation of that team machine that was Sacchi’s Milan. The definitive connection was born when Ancelotti and Marcelino coincided, one at Real Madrid and the other at Villarreal. On the occasion of one of the matches between the two teams, the two coaches had a talk for an hour, they talked about everything, professional and personal.
The eAncelotti’s experience on the bench of the great teams, the relationship with the presidents of their clubs and also, why not, with the players, has served as a reference for Marcelino on more than one occasion.
A detail that marked the relationship took place when Marcelino’s father died. One of my colleagues who called was the Real Madrid coach. The Italian’s gesture filled the Asturian, a call that says a lot about Ancelotti.