The football world continues to buzz following Carlo Ancelotti’s not-so-surprising sack from Real Madrid.
President Florentino Perez had decided to terminate the legendary Italian’s contract, despite him bringing them their long-awaited 10th Champions League trophy.
Rafa Benitez has reportedly been lined up to replace the former Milan manager, although some sources say Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp is also in the mix.
Benitez, who is a Spaniard, seems to be the better choice for Perez who wants instant success, and his managerial experience in Spain — including Real Madrid’s B team — gives him an edge.
Klopp, on the other hand, has won the admiration of many people for the attractive football he played at Borrusia Dortmund, and at 47 years of age, has a long future in football ahead of him.
Benitez has another edge in the fact that he has won the Champions League before, the trophy which is the jewel of Perez’s eye.
Who would you rather have at Real Madrid? See their respective achievements below.
Real Madrid U-19s
Spain U-19 League (1): 1992–93
Spain U-19 Cup (2): 1990–91, 1992–93
Segunda División promotion (1): 1997–98
Segunda División promotion (1): 2000–01
La Liga (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
UEFA Cup (1): 2003–04
FA Cup (1): 2005–06
FA Community Shield (1): 2006
UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05
UEFA Super Cup (1): 2005
Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2010
FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010
UEFA Europa League (1): 2012–13
Coppa Italia (1): 2013–14
Supercoppa Italiana (1): 2014
Don Balón Award (1): 2002
UEFA Manager of the Year (2): 2003–04, 2004–05
Premier League Manager of the Month (6): November 2005, December 2005, January 2007, October 2008, March 2009, April 2013
T-Home Supercup: 2008
Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
UEFA Champions League runner–up: 2012–13
German Football Manager of the Year: 2011, 2012
Second place FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2013