Despite leading Real Madrid to a record shattering 22 match-winning run earlier on in the season, it seems that the tide is turning for Carlo Ancelotti.
Although he has always commanded the respect of his dressing room, he has recently come under intense scrutiny as Real Madrid continued their poor run of form with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to arch rivals Barcelona.
However, it seems that uncertainty regarding Ancelotti's future can be traced way back to Real's loss at Valencia, and their subsequent nightmare against Schalke in the Champions League last-16 where they needed a brace from talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to secure their place in the competition's quarter finals.
This shocking slump in form had led various publications, such as the Daily Mirror, to predict Ancelotti's departure from the Bernabeu come the summer.
Ancelotti deserves recognition
Rest assured, the former Chelsea boss can always count on the unyielding support of club captain and dressing room pillar Sergio Ramos. Speaking to Cadena SER, Ramos told reporters: "I think we are a better team now than under Mourinho in all aspects of the game. I think this is clear to see for all - for both fans and journalists.
"I don't like this injustice, where one coach gets all the credit, whereas the other doesn't get recognition.
"I go by with what I have experienced, not by what I have been told. It suffices to look at what he has won here and how long it took."
Shots fired at former coach Mourinho
As well as running to the defence of Ancelotti, the Spanish defender was also keen to stress the difference the Italian manager has made to Real Madrid since he was appointed two seasons ago. Indeed, it would seem that the tales of fall-outs with opposition managers, Real Madrid players and the media are old news since Ancelotti took charge of the Spanish giants in July 2013.
In the same interview with Spanish broadcaster Cadena SER, Ramos revealed: "I maintain that Ancelotti is one of the best coaches I have ever had.
"There is no way to differentiate between him and Mourinho"
Indeed, Ramos has never hidden behind his apparently strained relationship with former boss Mourinho, as he recently appeared to "forget" who the current Chelsea boss was when a question about the Portuguese was directed at the Real Madrid defender.
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