SportsAncelotti: "In a week, the team has changed its attitude"

Ancelotti: “In a week, the team has changed its attitude”


Carlo Ancelotti, during the match against Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium.Enric Fontcuberta (EFE)

Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid walked steadily, it didn’t shine but it didn’t suffer either. And, even in some matches, he thrashed. In the first seven games of the season, the white team had six victories and one draw, with a balance of 24 goals for and eight against. But something fell apart in the last week. He drew against Villarreal (0-0) and was surprised by the Sheriff (1-2), both games at the Santiago Bernabéu. But it seemed like he could breathe in the League. The statistics support it: he arrived in Cornellà with a streak of 18 games without losing at home. He did not raise his head at the RCDE Stadium. “It was the worst game. Now we have the break and we have to reflect and analyze why the team has changed its attitude in a week, “said the Real Madrid coach. Nacho lined up with his coach. “We have had a bad week. It is time to reflect on the break, ”confirmed the Madrid central defender.

Kroos recovered – he had played 24 minutes against the Sheriff in the Champions League – Madrid had to reinvent itself. Ancelotti did not bet on the historic center of the field, with the German next to Modric and Casemiro. The sacrifice was the old mistake of the Italian coach. In the 2013-2014 season, Ancelotti’s first at the Bernabéu, Casemiro used to watch games from the bench. He played 25 of the 60 games of the season. “Honestly, it may be that he failed with Casemiro this season,” confessed Ancelotti on his return to Madrid. Since the 2015-2016 campaign, with the Brazilian in the eleven, the white box has won 66% of the games. Without it, 60%. The statistics were not broken against Espanyol. “We have not been comfortable in the game,” said Nacho. “We have been few aggressive. We have lost duels … We have changed the attitude from the technical and tactical aspect of the game ”, added Ancelotti.

To fit Kroos into the team, the one sacrificed was Casemiro. The Italian’s old mistake became his new mistake against Espanyol. The German went on to play pivot in the 4-4-2 diamond pattern drawn by the Madrid coach at the start of the duel. “The approach was clear. I’m not going to explain now what game idea we had. But it is true that we seemed disorderly and we did not have a clear control of the game with the ball, “said Ancelotti. Madrid dominated the ball: 66%. However, he suffered when Espanyol swiped his leather, especially in transitions. “They have caught us a lot on the counter. We have to keep working to adjust defensively ”, Nacho analyzed. “We have played badly. There are not many things to say. We started the game with an idea and we weren’t able to keep calm and the idea. After the goal there was a lot of confusion ”, insisted the Italian coach.

Ancelotti reached into the break. With Valverde and Camavinga out of bounds where they feel most comfortable on the field, the Italian recovered the 4-3-3. Out with the French midfielder, who was exaggerating his intensity; inside Rodrygo. However, not only Valverde and Camavinga were out of their usual position. Alaba jumped sideways. “I thought it could help in the offensive position,” Ancelotti revealed. It was not the case. The former Bayern player did not create a single opportunity. “When we were better, a bad start of mine has caused the second,” Nacho acknowledged his failure. Then, Casemiro appeared on the field. Madrid more out of rebellion than football cornered Espanyol. Actually, it was more Benzema’s attitude, on fire since the course began: nine goals and seven assists in the nine games he has played.

“We deserved the defeat, the reaction came late and we are worried because it is not customary to lose two games …”, said Ancelotti. It was Madrid’s second consecutive defeat. Something that had not happened since the beginning of 2021, when they fell against Athletic in the Spanish Super Cup (1-2) and against Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey (2-1). “We have to keep working to adjust defensively. The team has casualties, it is not an excuse. We need to recover troops. We are still at the top of the ranking ”, Nacho concluded. Real Madrid has 17 points, the same as Atlético. They are five from Barcelona, ​​which has a pending match against Sevilla.

Raúl De Tomás: “I have a selection level”

Raúl de Tomás made his debut with the Real Madrid shirt at RDCD Estadium in the first stage of Ancelotti on the white box bench. It was not against Espanyol. He did it in the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey against Cornellà. “I have a past and I consider myself a Real Madrid player, but I have to leave everything for my team and I’m happy to be able to score. Wish Madrid the best of luck for the remainder of the season ”, RDT confessed. The Espanyol forward has two goals this season. The first was marked by Atlético de Madrid, the second by his former team.

“We have won the leader, we have to be satisfied. That this does not stay here and transfer it to after the break, “said De Tomás, who wants to join the call for Luis Enrique. You will have to wait. “As I said the other day: whatever the coach decides I will always respect. I am available for whatever you decide and to leave my soul for the country. I fight for great things, I think I’m at the level to do it, ”concluded the Espanyol forward.

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