Carlo Ancelotti believes there is a problem at Real Madrid as ‘something is terribly wrong if there are so many injuries.’
AS reports the former Madrid Coach telling China’s Sina Sports that the issue dates back to his time on the bench, and it is that to which Cristiano Ronaldo was referring in his post-derby comments.
“Too many injuries have affected the Madrid players. It also happened in my last season,” the Italian recalled.
“The data shows something is terribly wrong. From the start of the season there have been 22 muscle injuries.
“Let everyone draw their own conclusions, but for a club like Madrid the situation isn’t normal.”
Ancelotti also commented on fan reaction to the defeat to Atletico Madrid, and backed Zinedine Zidane to pull the club together.
“[The Santiago Bernabeu crowd] again has doubts and looks for the culprit, something that isn’t new,” he lamented.
“A few weeks ago everything was easy and now there are problems again. The analysis is extreme.
“Of course Madrid needs self-criticism, to analyse errors and resolve them. I’m sure that’s what Zidane and the players are doing. Together they can overcome it.
“Those who think Barcelona and Atletico aren’t on the same level are wrong. [Diego] Simeone has created one of the best teams in Europe.”