Modric: Ancelotti can be Real Madrid's Ferguson

The Croat says that the Italian deserves much of the credit for the Spanish side’s remarkable 2014 and can see no reason why he will not be at the helm for years to come

Luka Modric believes that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti can become the Spanish club’s answer to Manchester United icon Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson spent 26 years in charge at Old Trafford before retiring last year having led the English outfit to 13 domestic titles, five FA Cups, four league cups and two Champions Leagues.

Such longevity is almost unheard of in the modern game but Modric believes that Ancelotti is capable of emulating the great Scot.

Indeed, the midfielder feels that the Italian coach deserves the utmost credit for the way in which Madrid coped with the summer sales of Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso – two men who had played key roles in last season’s Champions League success – and integrated Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez into what is arguably an even stronger team this term.

“I was not worried about the team when they went Di Maria and Xabi Alonso,” Modric told Sportske Novosti. “Kroos and James are sensational and the results are even better this season.

“But a lot of credit for these results belongs to Carlo Ancelotti. His calmness helped many people.

“He could be the coach at Real Madrid for years, just like Ferguson at Manchester United.”

Madrid clinched the Club World Cup in Morocco on Saturday night by defeating San Lorenzo 2-0 to rack up their 23rd successive victory in all competitions.

It’s a record-breaking run for Ancelotti and his side, and Modric believes that they can make more history at the end of the season.

“I believe that Real Madrid can be the first to win the Champions League two years in a row,” the midfielder added. “The main competitors are Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, has played a key role in Madrid’s sensational 2014 and Modric fully expects his team-mate’s individual excellence to be recognised by Fifa next month.

“Cristiano Ronaldo should get the Ballon d’Or,” the former Tottenham ace added. “He won the Champions League, a few other trophies and is scoring two goals per game!”

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