Real Madrid have been facing a lot of criticism with the Club World Champions losing points for second game in a row following their 1-0 loss to Athletico Bilbao. The ten time European Champions were earlier held to 1-1 draw by Villareal at Santiago Bernabau.
This means Real Madrid slip to second place in La Liga for the first time this season after 22-game victory streak back in 2014. Real Madrid have not looked the same after their club world cup triumph with Barcelona hitting top form in 2015.
Carlo Ancelotti took the blame for Real Madrid’s loss and says they won’t give up on La Liga title. He also admitted that they are not in top of their game now. Los Blancos were able to find net only once in their lat two games.
A Barcelona riot of 6-1 over Rayo meant Real Madrid have to catch up with the Catalan Club in the coming match days.
When asked about his team’s performance Ancelotti said that his attackers need to step up their performances as it is approaching the end of the season with all crucial games gearing up.
He said, “I think the problem we are having at the moment is quite clear. It is not a defensive problem, it is an offensive problem. We are not finding a way through like we did in the games before. We’ve only scored one goal from a penalty in two games. That is the problem we have to fix. We lack efficiency up front.”
“There is no connection; there is too much individual play, we are looking for individual solutions,” Ancelotti said. “We need another way of attacking, more combinations between players, to try to play quicker and with fewer touches. It is quite confusing what we are doing when we are attacking at the moment.”
“I have a big part of the blame because I am the coach,” he added. “There are some coaches that say ‘this isn’t my team’ when the team plays badly, but I am saying this is my team that it is playing badly.
“I have all the responsibility, but I am not going to give up. The league now seems more difficult than before but it is not over and we are going to fight to fix the situation quickly. With the quality of strikers we have I think we can find it quickly.”
He also continued, “We know every game at this stage of the season is important and I don’t think it is a lack of attitude, it is a technical problem. The front three didn’t play well, but it is not just their fault. We need to attack as a team.
“It seems strange to say Madrid have a problem up front when we have scored so many goals throughout the season, but I think it is the truth.”
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