Real Madrid had a disastrous performance at Montilivi that disappointed coach Carlo Ancelotti, especially in terms of defence.
“When we don’t have the ball, we are not strong enough like other matches. That’s enthusiasm,” said the Italian military coach after Real Madrid were defeated 4-2 by the home team Girona.
“We leave too much space between the lines,” he analyzed. “The game started well with the ball, but without the ball we opened up a lot of space, and they scored twice with the first two chances.”
Ancelotti once again mentioned the cause of the heavy defeat of the Spanish football champion: “lack of cohesion”.
After a series of 4 victories and keeping clean sheets, Real Madrid played inexplicably tired.
Valentin Castellanos helped Girona lead 2-0 when the first half turned 24 minutes, before Vinicius Junior shortened the score.
Immediately after the break, Castellanos continued the match of a lifetime with two other consecutive goals. The 24-year-old striker became the first player to score “poker” against Real Madrid in a La Liga match in the 21st century (Lucas Vazquez scored the second for the visitors).
For weeks, Ancelotti had publicly told the media, after saying privately during his meetings at Valdebebas, that it was essential for Real Madrid to defend well.
The only thing to be effective defensively is the collective connection, and Ancelotti wants the players to do that.
A few days ago, the 63-year-old coach even emphasized that the key to last season’s success was collective strength.
In Girona, Carletto saw how everything they had achieved fell apart: “Commitment to defense is too important to succeed. If we don’t achieve that, it will be difficult for the team to win games. fight”.
“If a team is committed to defending, that team will win every game. This is the key to success,” continued Ancelotti.
He lamented: “We have extraordinary quality that must be supported by a consensus that is not present in this game.
In the last 7 matches, 6 matches kept a clean sheet. This time the team conceded 4 goals because the defense was not as usual. The players understand this, they know it well. And if someone doesn’t understand, I’ll have to repeat it every day.”
This loss makes Real Madrid almost no longer have the opportunity to race for the La Liga title with Barcelona, the lucky team that won Atletico last weekend and is about to meet Rayo Vallecano.
Ngoc Huy | 08:10 April 26, 2023