Carlo Ancelotti and Arsene Wenger are both managers under pressure at top clubs in English and world football. However, recent media comments show just how different the nature of the pressure they are placed under is at the moment.
Wenger has spoken to football betting pundits this week of being prepared to give “every drop of my blood” to ensure that the Gunners pick up their first piece of silverware since their 2005 FA Cup success over Manchester United, which contrasts with the very laid back approach adopted by Ancelotti despite the continuing rumours that he is about to get the sack from the Stamford Bridge outfit.
Whilst both managers are clearly determined to do the best they possibly can for their respective sides, the very personal nature of Wenger’s project at the Gunners shows his own frustration at recent defeats that have seen his side fail to take advantage of the fact that no one side has taken control of the Premier League football odds to date.
Contrast this to Ancelotti, a man who is undoubtedly well aware that he has no role to play at the club other than to ensure that the team is playing the best football it can and you can see why one is relaxed and the other feels such a personal pressure.
It is perhaps this overarching desperation to succeed that has taken hold of Wenger and transferred on to his team, in the process making them continually susceptible to caving into psychological pressure and subsequently failing to take advantage of the winning positions they have found themselves in this season and in recent years. Even this weekend, it’s fair to say their supporters had no idea which way the game might go.
So, despite the season still being in its relatively early days, it’s a fair bet Ancelotti’s calm approach is likely to hand his side a key advantage as both Chelsea and Arsenal look to add to their impressive trophy hauls.
Written by TCB reader Thomas Rooney