Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side fell just short of breaking La Liga's record for the most amount of consecutive wins on Wednesday night.
A 1-1 draw with Villareal saw Madrid's 16-match winning streak come to an end, leaving them level with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team from 2010/11.
But things could have been entirely different had Zidane not listened to Carlo Ancelotti's advice two years ago.
The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to his former team Bordeaux to take up his first managerial position in 2014 but in the end chose to stick it out at Madrid.
Zidane had been Ancelotti's assistant at the Bernabeu at the time and the now Bayern Munich boss has revealed he helped to convince the Madrid legend against leaving the club.
It was a decision that has certainly been vindicated since. After taking up a role as coach of the club's reserve side, he soon found himself in the hot seat following Rafael Benitez's sacking at the start of 2016.
Zidane steadied the ship magnificently, guiding Los Blancos back into the title race and to a brilliant Champions League triumph over rivals Atletico Madrid back in May.
And Ancelotti isn't surprised to see his former apprentice be successful at his old club.
"[My advice to him was] to stay in Madrid with me [rather than go to Bordeaux]. At first, he chose to train Castilla and that was a good experience for him," he told L'Equipe, as per ESPN.
"I thought that around him, in Madrid, there was a good atmosphere [to develop]. The fact that he is now coaching Real Madrid is very good for him and for the club."
Where Zidane is now managing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, he could have easily been coaching Jeremy Menez, Jeremy Toulalan and Jaroslav Plasil had he accepted Bordeaux's offer.
It proves patience is still a virtue and Zidane was duly rewarded for his loyalty by being given the big job at Madrid.
Only time will tell if Bernabeu officials will show the same loyalty if the team go through a tricky spell of form at some point this season. Their previous record suggests not.
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