Italian footballing icon Paolo Maldini has warned former manager Carlo Ancelotti that Real Madrid will not be very patient as they look to achieve success this season.
Ancelotti, who left wealthy Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain to take the reins at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, has won his first three La Liga games in charge in the Spanish capital as Real sit in third place behind fierce rivals Barcelona, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid on goal difference.
But despite that encouraging start, Maldini, the hugely influential defender who spent his entire career at AC Milan, has warned that the club will not be patient as they look to compete for honours.
"Carlo has been successful everywhere he's been. All he has to do is win," Maldini told Spanish newspaper Marca. "The club won't be very patient, just as AC Milan wasn't. I'm sure he knows that."
However, 45-year-old Maldini, who played under Ancelotti at the San Siro during the Italian's eight-year stint in charge between 2001-09, claims he is confident that his compatriot will not struggle to meet the challenges that inevitably come from managing such a demanding club and insists that his ability to instil a calm atmosphere remains one of his enduring qualities.
"No, because he's used to being at winning clubs, ones that want to play good football and be successful. He showed that in England, Italy and France, and not many managers can say that. There isn't a single team that Carlo couldn't manage.
"He calms both the team and its players. We're talking about someone with great knowledge of the game and its tactics," he added.
Real, who finally completed their world-record swoop for Welsh star Gareth Bale last weekend, return to domestic action following the international break with a trip to Villarreal on Saturday.
Bale, who has not featured since playing 45 minutes for Spurs in a pre-season clash against Swindon Town in July, could make his debut in the famous white strip at Estadio El Madrigal after being given a specially-adapted training regime to improve his fitness.