Who will win the 2016-17 La Liga title and finish as the Pichichi? Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti claims to have the answer.
The 57-year-old, who was controversially sacked by Florentino Perez in May 2015 despite winning La Decima the year before, was speaking on Italian television when he declared:
“In Spain it is difficult, but I think that after so many years, Real Madrid will win the league title and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the top scorer.”
Fact: the Spanish giants have failed to clinch the league title since ex-boss Jose Mourinho ended their four-year wait in 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been luckier individually, winning the Pichichi three times since he joined La Liga in 2009. Last year, however, his 35 goals weren’t enough. He was beaten to the prize by Barcelona forward Luis Suarez (40). This season, CR7 is yet to open his goal account as he is yet to step onto the field again since picking up a knee injury in the UEFA Euro 2016 final on July 10.
Meanwhile, it’s all looking good for the big Italian man at the Allianz Arena. He has won the totality of his three competitive matches so far as Bayern Munich boss. His 100 per cent record counts 13 goals scored and none conceded.
First, he forced rivals Borussia Dortmund to accept a 2-0 loss in the German Super Cup on August 14. Then, Lewandowski’s first-half hat-trick inspired his side to a comprehensive 5-0 victory over minnows Carl Zeiss Jena in the DFB Pokal. More recently, Ancelotti led Bayern to an excellent start to their 2016-17 Bundesliga campaign as a second hat-trick in five days from Robert Lewandowski rounded up a 6-0 triumph over Werder Bremen.
After the current international break, the ex-Real Madrid manager will resume the season by guiding his team away to Schalke on September 9. Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, is set to make his much-anticipated return the following day, on September 10, as Los Blancos host Osasuna on Matchday 3 of the Spanish Primera Division.
?: Sep 10, 2016
⚽️: Real Madrid vs Osasuna
⏰: 7am PT/10am ET/2pm UTC
➡️: La Liga
WE CAN’T WAIT! pic.twitter.com/pN0bpHO9d5
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) August 29, 2016