The La Liga giants are anticipating a season in which they do not take home any of the major titles, and the unspoken rule in Madrid is that this result results in dismissal. The only way Ancelotti can keep his job is to win the Champions League, and if the 63-year-old is fired, Jose Mourinho has a high chance of taking his place, according to Oier Fano Dadebat. The Portuguese coach returning to the Bernabeu is an unexpected development, making this a fantastic story.
When Mourinho was Real Madrid's coach from 2010 to 2013, Los Blancos won La Liga, the Cup del Rey, and the Supercopa de Espana. On paper, this doesn't sound like much, but when you realise that it happened when Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona squad was in place, it is remarkable.