Carlo Ancelotti could be replaced by Zinedine Zidane as manager of Real Madrid next season, believes former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher.
After crashing out in the Champions League to Juventus on Wednesday night, Ancelotti will likely end the season without a trophy - Real were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 and are four points behind Barcelona in La Liga with just two games remaining.
Speaking after the game on Sky Sports Carragher said that the Italian should fear for his job.
"You know how this club works, he knows that better than anyone," he said. "He was a [Sergio] Ramos header away in last year's final in the last minute of the game from losing his job.
Real Madrid 1 Juventus 1 player ratings
Real Madrid 1 Juventus 1 player ratings
1/22 REAL MADRID: Casillas 7
The Spaniard was excellent when called upon tonight and showed his experience to keep the back four composed as Juventus pressed for an away goal. Couldn’t do anything about the goal.
2/22 Carvajal 7
Carvajal was steady tonight and looked to get forward whenever he could to help the attacking cause. Provided great deliveries from wide positions.
3/22 Varane 7
The young centre back improved hugely from his dismal display in the first leg. He didn’t give Morata a moment’s peace and showed his potential on the big stage.
4/22 Ramos 7
Looked more comfortable in his familiar centre back position and held his own well against the in-form Tevez. Showed his importance at the heart of Madrid’s defence.
5/22 Marcelo 7
After a night to forget in Turin, Marcel was back to his best at the Bernebeu. Defensively sound but gave great support to Ronaldo on the left flank.
6/22 Isco 7
The young Spaniard showed his class tonight, pressing high on the Juventus midfield and finding space in front of the back four on a regular basis.
7/22 Kroos 7
As always, Kroos was assured on the ball and looked to get things going from deep. Finally filled the void left by Luka Modric in the midfield.
8/22 James 7
He may have gone down easily for the penalty but the Colombian was a nuisance in his favoured central midfield role. Found the gaps constantly.
9/22 Bale 6
Although he wasn’t at his majestic best, Bale showed some improvement on his first leg performance. Still seemed quiet and low on confidence though.
10/22 Benzema 7
Benzema showed Madrid what they were missing in the first leg; a focal point. Stretched the Juventus back four and linked up well with the midfield.
11/22 Ronaldo 7
Constantly tried to get Madrid going even if it didn’t come to fruition. Scored the first goal and but cut an incredibly frustrated figure in the second half.
12/22 JUVENTUS: Buffon 7
The Italian veteran had another vintage display tonight. Pulled off countless world class saves to keep Juventus in the tie.
13/22 Lichsteiner 7
The full back struggled to deal with Ronaldo defensively but showed his attacking prowess with some mazy runs down the flank.
14/22 Bonucci 6
Didn’t make a single tackle in the first half and it showed. The experienced defender was overrun in the second leg and should’ve been punished more often.
15/22 Chiellini 6
Ridiculous challenge on Rodriguez for the penalty but recovered well in the second half to give his side some sort of control.
16/22 Evra 6
Showed that he can still play at this level marking Bale out of the game for much of the second leg. Looks to be a key figure in the Juventus squad.
17/22 Marchisio 7
His industrious work ethic and perfectly timed runs from midfield made him a nuisance for the Madrid defence. Should’ve had a brace to himself.
18/22 Pirlo 6
Wasn’t at his best tonight but gave Juventus what they needed when holding onto their lead; composure in possession. Made up for his lack of legs with his positional intelligence.
19/22 Pogba 7
The Frenchman held his own at the Bernebeu and showed the world what he’s all about. Did his bit for his team’s defensive effort but didn’t show as much creative prowess as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him.
20/22 Vidal 7
Worked tirelessly in a trademark performance for the Chilean. Kept the ball well when others around him were feeling the pressure.
21/22 Tevez 8
The diminutive forward continues to take his game to another level. Led most of Juventus’s counter attacks even if he was more of a provider than a direct goal threat.
22/22 Morata 8
The ex-Madrid man played his part in both legs and tonight put the final nail in the holder’s coffin. Great finish under pressure.
"That's what happens when you're manager of Real Madrid. He's one of the world's top managers, won the Champions League three times, but there's no way he will be here next year.
"I'm sure there'll be a change."
Ancelotti won the Champions League and Copa del Rey double last season but also struggled in the league, eventually coming third behind Barcelona and champions Atletico Madrid.
President Florentino Perez has not been shy about pulling the trigger on managers during his two spells in charge at the Bernabeu, and Carragher believes could have the next manager already lined up.
Former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has been in charge of the club's B team since June 2014 and narrowly missed out on promotion to Spain's third tier this season.
"There's talk of Zidane, who is in charge of the reserve team,' Carragher added. "You wouldn't be surprised at Real Madrid if that happened in the next couple of days, and they give someone else the job for the last three or four games to see how Zidane went.
"That's the nature of Real Madrid. They hire and fire managers. We've seen people fired when they've won the Champions League so the fact that [Ancelotti] is going to play a season without winning a trophy, there's no chance of him being here next year."
Speaking after the game, Ancelotti himself sounded uncertain about his future.
"I don't know if I will still be here," Ancelotti admitted. "We have 15 days left and two games, after that we will speak with the club. We were unlucky.
"We had lots of opportunities but we were unlucky. It remains to be seen whether president Florentino Perez has the same take on what looks like being an disappointing season."Reuse content