Real Madrid will enjoy more success with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm than they did during the stewardship of Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Marco Simone.
Ancelotti left Paris Saint-Germain for Madrid during the summer after Mourinho had departed for a second stint with Chelsea, but has endured something of a faltering start to his tenure in Spain.
Real Madrid are currently placed third in La Liga, three points behind city rivals Atletico and trailing Barcelona by six, having already lost two games so far this season.
Ancelotti is under pressure to deliver some silverware this term following the record breaking acquisition of Gareth Bale during the summer transfer window, but Madrid remain some distance off the pace.
But Simone, who worked under Ancelotti at AC Milan, expects the former Chelsea boss to surpass the achievements of Mourinho in Madrid, although was also quick to point out that he is a fan of the current Stamford Bridge chief.
"Ancelotti will definitely be a success at Madrid. Coaching Real Madrid is easy in one sense and difficult in another," Simone told Marca.
"It's easy because you have players like Cristiano who, even if the system isn't working, can win you matches on their own.
"It's difficult because you've got to have what it takes to deal with a very tricky group. He knows how to handle the big egos you get at a club like Real Madrid.
"Ancelotti will have more success than Mourinho. I have a lot of time for Mourinho and I'm a big fan of his personality, but he finds it hard to back down once a conflict breaks out."