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Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has said that the arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti will be changing the style of play at the club. Real Madrid recently brought in the former Chelsea manager as the replacement for José Mourinho, who left the club after three years in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. During this time, Mourinho embarked on a different style of football that has left some Real Madrid fans bewildered. Unlike in the past, Real Madrid played a counter-attacking style of football that depended greatly on the pace and skills of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ozil has revealed that Real Madrid will be playing different under Ancelotti, who is now going to place more emphasis on ball retention and speed of passing. Ancelotti is a well respected manager after he has won league titles in three different countries. He has also lifted the Champions league title as a player and as a manager. He is expected to use Ozil in the middle of the park rather than in the wings as José Mourinho. The German international has revealed that he is more comfortable than just behind the striker rather than on the wings.
Madrid have strengthened substantially over the summer in order to reclaim the league title that they lost to Barcelona last season.
“The right wing is not my favourite position, I prefer to play in the hole. However, my relationship with the coach is very good. We’re training well and are very happy. Ancelotti knows how he wants to play, and his ideas are clear. He also has the right players for this system. He wants to play differently to Mourinho and our game will be more about speed and keeping the ball,” said the 24-year-old midfielder. After the departure of Higuain, Ozil is expected to play a key role in the team.
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Real Madrid have said that manager José Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season. The club president Florentino Perez confirmed that the decision is a mutual one and nobody has been sacked. Mourinho will leave the club after having won only league title as the major trophy. However, he can point to the numerous close shaves that the club had in the European competitions. Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final stage on numerous occasions under Mourinho.
Mourinho will be part of the Real Madrid team for the remaining two matches of the season, but then he is widely expected the join Chelsea in the summer. The 50-year-old has managed to win the league title and the Copa del Rey during his three years at the club. This season, they have fallen 13 points behind their arch rivals Barcelona, while they were also defeated by rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. Their hopes of winning the 10th European title were destroyed by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals of the Champions League.
Mourinho has not had the peaceful times at the Santiago Bernabeu, while his fallout with key players of the Real Madrid squad like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos has also been surprising.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end. Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement. The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work. The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best. We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate,” said Perez while also declining suggestions that Ancelotti could be the next manager at Real Madrid.
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The Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and the captain Iker Casillas have confirmed in a statement that they did not demand the exit of the manager José Mourinho in order to stay at the club. There have been a lot of reports in Spain that the two Spanish players requested the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he should sack the manager Mourinho or they would be handing transfer requests in the summer. Perez immediately confirmed that he did have a meeting with the two players, but he suggested that there was no truth in the newspaper reports that they demanded Mourinho’s exit.
The former Chelsea and the Inter Milan manager has had a terrible spell at the club apart from a few success. The team managed to win the league title for the first time in three seasons last year, but they have been extremely poor in this season. It has been largely due to several in-house fighting involving the manager and the players. The Portuguese manager has been unable to bring together all the egos within the team. He recently dropped the captain Iker Casillas from the starting line-up, which has led to even more trouble within the club.
“We want to show our support for the character of our coach Jose Mourinho. The two captains of Real Madrid want to communicate the following: That the meeting held on Tuesday with the president and CEO of the club never raised any ultimatum from us regarding the character of our coach. We want to show our support for the character of our coach, Jose Mourinho, to whom we owe the greatest respect,” said a statement by the two players on the official website of the club. Madrid have fallen 15 points behind archrivals Barcelona in the table after a poor first half of the season.