Ancelotti rejects ‘crisis’ tag

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that two straight defeats – latterly to Atletico Madrid – don’t mean Real Madrid are in crisis.

Los Blancos were beaten at the weekend by Valencia after 22 straight wins and face an uphill battle to overcome their city rivals in the Copa del Rey after a 2-0 first-leg defeat.

Speaking to the Press after the Vicente Calderon reverse, Ancelotti analysed his side’s performance and found reasons to be concerned – to a point.

“We controlled the match until [Raul Garcia’s] penalty. In the last part of the match we didn’t do well,” he said, according to SportYou.

“In the first half with more control, we needed more efficiency and depth. There were a lot of sideways passes.

“Furthermore, Atletico defend very well, always defending together.

“Crisis? That’s a bit much. We’re not happy with these two games. We have to earn a win again soon.

“We’ve got Espanyol on Saturday and then we have to play the second leg [of the Copa tie]. We have a chance, but not much. Atletico have the advantage. We have to give our all.”

Ancelotti added that Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench for most of the match as he was ‘a little tired.’

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