Emilio Butragueno has once more refused to offer Carlo Ancelotti his backing following confirmation of Real Madrid’s barren season on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s seventh League hat-trick of the campaign inspired Los Blancos to a 4-1 victory over Espanyol, but their hopes of taking the race for La Liga supremacy to the last game were dashed as a result of Barcelona’s win at Atletico Madrid.
The scenario meant Madrid failed to win any major trophies in 2014-15, despite two Super Cups and a Club World Cup earlier in the campaign, and the club’s head of PR failed to give the Coach any assurances for a second time.
“I congratulate Barcelona, who had a great second round [of the season],” he said after the match.
“We complied [with the task at hand] and achieved the result that we needed.
“We always try to compete with the intention of winning, and we’re not happy when we don’t.
“This week we deserved to beat Valencia and Juventus, but we didn’t have any luck. We made a great effort, but we couldn’t find the goals.
“We’ve had some significant injuries that contributed [to our failure this season] because they were sustained by key players, who were doing well at the time.
“[On Carlo Ancelotti’s future], it’s not the right time to say anything now. We have one game left, from there we’ll see [what happens].”