Ancelotti Criticises His Team After First Loss Of LaLiga Season

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti was visibly unhappy as he had some scathing words for his Real Madrid side after they suffered their first LaLiga defeat of the season, a shock 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Monday night.

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Rayo had to come back from behind, after initially being in front, to inflict the first league defeat of the campaign on their city rivals.

The reigning Spanish champions initially trailed after Santi Comesana's struck for Rayo, but were able to respond within minutes when Luka Modric and Eder Militao found the back of the net. Los Blancos’ joy was, however, short-lived with Alvaro Garcia levelling matters for the hosts just before half-time.

The 14-time European champions failed to recover in the second period after a Oscar Trejo penalty proved to be the decisive goal as Rayo came away with all three points, with Real now second to Barcelona on the table.

Italian tactician Ancelotti was evidently not impressed with his team’s approach and did not mince his words when evaluating how his side underperformed in his post-match press conference. 

"We weren't convincing in the individual duels," he said, as per ESPN.

"Sometimes, when you can't match the attitude, quality alone can't win you the game. We lost a lot of balls and we suffered with their pressing. It was a bad night.

"In terms of quality we dropped off a bit.

"Rodrygo [Goes] and Vinicius [Junior] missed some chances that they'd usually score. It wasn't a good game. [Marco] Asensio did well, but the others weren't as good as usual.

"We lacked some freshness, but that's normal after so many games. If we evaluate this first part of the season, we've done well.

"We lost today and the defeat bothers us, but we're doing well in the league and we're in the Champions League round of 16. We need to finish well against Cadiz and then we need to rest."

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Thursday night’s encounter against Cadiz will be the last league match Real play until action resumes after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and will be looking to end it on a positive note, with Barcelona likely to go into the break at the summit of the standing.

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