On his unveiling as Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti could not hide his delight at being chosen to take the helm of what he called "the most prestigious club in the world".
But from the outset, the pressure is clear. Florentino Perez, sitting next to Ancelotti, stressed that a 10th European Cup is the trophy he desires above all else. One suspects he will tolerate no less.
On the surface, Ancelotti appears to be the perfect man for a demanding employer, having already worked with distinction under Silvio Berlusconi at Milan and Roman Abramovich at Chelsea.
But even Jose Mourinho eventually found himself consumed by the politics of Madrid, and his successor is the 10th manager Perez has employed in his 10 years as president. So how long will he last?
So what do you think? Can Ancelotti succeed where others have failed and satisfy Real Madrid's players, president and fans? Or will he fall by the wayside like so many before him?
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