Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 100th competitive game in the Real Madrid dugout in Elche and did so in triumphant fashion.
It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Italian coach since he kicked off his reign at home to Betis in La Liga last season, with dizzying highs including lifting four trophies punctuated by the odd crushing low. Ultimately, though, his tenure has been a resounding success so far.
Following the 2-0 defeat of Elche, Ancelotti boasts the best record of any Real Madrid manager ever in his first 100 games at the helm, with 78 wins, 10 draws and just 12 losses. This amounts to an extraordinary 78% win rate.
José Mourinho was previously the most successful centurion in the club’s managerial history, having won 77 of his first 100 matches in the hotseat. The top five is rounded off by Miguel Muñoz (70 wins), José Villalonga (64) and Leo Beenhakker (63).
Ancelotti doesn’t only come out on top in the comparisons with the greatest ‘Merengues’ coaches. Not even Pep Guardiola can match the Italian’s record after 100 fixtures, as the Catalan only chalked up 71 victories in the same period after taking charge at Barça.
The vastly experienced former Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG boss remains fully focused on adding more wins to his haul at Real Madrid and delivering more silverware to go with the Copa del Rey, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup secured in 2014.