Davide Ancelotti is Carlo’s son and his number 2 at Real Madrid as they plan to beat Liverpool

When Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was asked about Carlo Ancelotti ahead of Saturday night’s Champions League final, it was significant that he mentioned the manager’s son.

‘Carlo had a very good staff around him. His son Davide and a very good team,” said the English goalkeeper who played with Ancelotti and Ancelotti Jr for 18 months before they left Goodison Park for Real Madrid last summer.

Nepotism has never been an accusation when it comes to Davide, 32, who has already shown that he is a great trader in his own right as well as being the son of one of the best managers in the world.

Carlo Ancelotti (left) and his son Davide will be the hope to celebrate European glory on Saturday

Carlo Ancelotti (left) and his son Davide will be the hope to celebrate European glory on Saturday

Real Madrid coach Carlo and his assistant Davide plan to win the Champions League final.

Real Madrid coach Carlo and his assistant Davide plan to win the Champions League final.

As a source at Goodison put it: ‘Carlo is a cunning old fox. He wasn’t going to throw his son out to the players unless he really knew he could get the job done.”

Now it is Real Madrid that is reaping the benefits. They have just won LaLiga and victory over Liverpool this weekend will make Ancelotti Sr the first coach in history to win four European Cups.

Instead of exploiting the family name, there is a strong case that Davide is helping his sixty-something father stay relevant and successful in the modern game, introducing the elements of sports science and data analysis that needs at the elite level.

One day Davide is destined to be on the bench, but for now, working alongside Don Carlo is a big plus on his CV.

“I want to be a coach one day and he is the best role model I can have,” he says. “I am very lucky to be his son, he is the best in the world if you want to be a coach.”

Davide has aspirations to be a boss like his father one day and is gaining experience at Real Madrid.

Davide has aspirations to be a boss like his father one day and is gaining experience at Real Madrid.

Davide tried it out briefly in April when his father contracted Covid and left him in charge of a LaLiga match away from Celta de Vigo. La Real won 2-1 with a couple of goals from Karim Benzema.

Football was in Davide’s genes from the beginning. He was born in July 1989, just a couple of months after his father won the European Cup as a player, part of a great AC Milan team with Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten and Franco Baresi.

Davide was unsuccessful as a footballer despite being on the books at Milan, but he studied sports science and first worked with his father as a physical trainer at PSG almost a decade ago. They have been inseparable since Davide was promoted to assistant manager at Napoli, Everton and now Real Madrid.

He is a modern coach, well versed in information and technology, but who also has Ancelotti’s human touch. In Real as a young physical trainer, it was observed how well he personally got along with great beasts such as Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo. He had respect for him.

Mastering five languages ​​(Italian, English, German, French, and Spanish) is also an indicator of his natural intelligence and communication skills, as well as possessing his father’s balanced demeanor.

The 32-year-old took charge of Real in April, when Carlo had Covid, and won 2-1 at Celta de Vigo.

The 32-year-old took charge of Real in April, when Carlo had Covid, and won 2-1 at Celta de Vigo.

‘My father is calm but it is inside that he is burning. I am similar’, she reflects.

At Everton, he came of age, for the first time the Ancelottis had a team that was neither overloaded with superstars nor expected to fight for the big trophies. The difficulties imposed by Covid also broadened his experience.

He was happy to challenge his father on the decisions while accepting that once the final verdict had been made, he was behind him 100 percent.

“There are games where I don’t agree, but he has this talent to be tactically simple but very effective,” says Davide. ‘And his style is to give people responsibility.’

That includes your own flesh and blood. At Everton, Davide would devise training sessions, 75 minutes of high intensity and no longer in case the player’s concentration faltered.

The father and son working relationship between the manager and the assistant manager started in Napoli

The father and son working relationship between the manager and the assistant manager started in Napoli

‘Football is a very intense sport with pauses, that’s what it is in physical terms,’ he explains. ‘I like to do hard sessions, but not for two hours, the focus falters.’

He would hold weekly meetings with an analyst department, leading Everton to have one of the best set-piece records in the Premier League.

Off the field, they embraced life in the Northwest. Carlo could be seen cycling along the beaches of Crosby, Davide was a popular figure shopping at the local Waitrose.

The opportunity to return to Madrid was too strong for Ancelotti and although Davide was the preferred replacement among some Evertonians, Farhad Moshiri considered it too risky a gamble and opted for the more experienced Rafa Benítez.

At the Bernabéu, Davide’s role has become even more influential, to the point where a management job of his own might not be too far off.

He then moved to Everton, where some fans wanted Davide to replace Carlo as boss.

He then moved to Everton, where some fans wanted Davide to replace Carlo as boss.

It is Davide who usually gives a short speech to the Madrid players before matches. World stars like Benzema are happy to be pulled aside to score tactical points. There is no sense that he is only there for the last name.

He is the main voice in training, which allows Carlo to be less practical and can supervise everything before making the important decisions when necessary or putting an arm around certain players at the right time.

The sports science graduate has built his career patiently and appropriately. He took charge of one game at Napoli when Carlo was suspended, another this season at Madrid.

It was a disappointment to the Everton staff that Covid restrictions prevented them from getting to know Davide as well as they wanted, but the players certainly appreciated his input.

Just ask Jordan Pickford, a Euro 2020 finalist. “Having Carlo Ancelotti here was a huge learning curve for all of us, and Davide was part of that.”

The duo will be hoping to celebrate as a family full-time when they take on Liverpool.

The duo will be hoping to celebrate as a family full-time when they take on Liverpool.

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