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Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Real Madrid in doubt

Alvaro Morata (right) scored the decisive goal against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League
Alvaro Morata (right) scored the decisive goal against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League Reuters / Max Rossi

Real Madrid’s shock loss to Juventus in the Champions League semifinal may have put Ancelotti's future with the Spanish club in doubt.

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Juventus’ progress to the final at the cost of Real has meant that the Spanish club now looks certain to end the season without winning a major trophy.

Real trail Barcelona in the La Liga table by four points. With just two matches left, it will be extremely difficult for Real to catch up with their rivals.

When asked about his future at the club, Ancelotti said that if the club was happy with his performance during the last two years then he would stay, adding that the club have the right to change the coach if they want to.

Besides Ancelotti, Gareth Bale too is feeling the pressure following Real’s exit. The Welsh striker had a disappointing match, something that was reflected in the boos and whistles that were directed at him by Real fans Wednesday night.

Bale’s lack of form has meant that the former Tottenham Hotspur winger has consistently been the scapegoat for Madrid's ills this season.

Whether Bale is given another season at the Bernabeu remains to be seen with rumours about a return to the Premier League persistent.

Spanish court suspends players' strike

Meanwhile, a Spanish court has suspended a planned strike by star footballers in protest against a new TV rights law.

The National Court said that allowing the strike to go ahead would "prevent the conclusion of the championship and would cause a serious organisational disorder."

The players' union had announced last week that footballers would go on strike indefinitely from Saturday and the league, which controls clubs in the top two divisions, filed a petition to have the action declared illegal.

Backed by top players such as Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, they want a bigger share of broadcast revenue to be channelled to smaller clubs.

The league says a stoppage could have cost it 50 million euros per match day in lost revenues.

With the suspension of the strike, Barcelona could seal the La Liga title on Sunday when they take on Atletico Madrid.

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