It was no surprise when Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain named their new coaches almost simultaneously on Tuesday. For weeks, the clubs were tied together over the fate of Carlo Ancelotti.
Ultimately, with a year to go on his contract at PSG, Ancelotti was successfully lured by Madrid.
At the same time, PSG filled the void left by Ancelotti by settling on Laurent Blanc, who was last seen on a sideline leading France at the 2012 European Championship.
Both teams got the men they wanted, winners of titles as players and coaches.
Madrid got a coach with a little less ego than Jose Mourinho and a little more sensitivity, while PSG didn't get its first, second or third choice, but a respected figure all the same.
After rebuffing Madrid for weeks, even before PSG clinched its first French league title in 19 years on May 12, the club gave in to Ancelotti's desire to leave and Madrid's deeper pockets.
Following Mourinho's three tumultuous seasons, Ancelotti received a three-year co...