Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti scolds workforce: Quality alone cannot win

Carlo Ancelotti criticized Real Madrid’s perspective after a 3-2 defeat at Rayo Vallecano noticed them lose in LaLiga for the primary time this season, saying “sometimes quality alone can’t win you the game.”

Madrid went behind to Santi Comesana’s early objective earlier than Luka Modric’s penalty and Eder Militao’s header put the guests forward in Vallecas, earlier than Alvaro Garcia levelled forward of the break.

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A second-half penalty scored by captain Oscar Trejo — retaken after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Trejo’s preliminary effort, with defender Dani Carvajal encroaching contained in the field — gave Rayo the win, and left Madrid two factors behind Barcelona on the high of LaLiga.

“We weren’t convincing in the individual duels,” Ancelotti mentioned in his post-match information convention. “Sometimes, when you can’t match the attitude, quality alone can’t win you the game. We lost a lot of balls and we suffered with their pressing. It was a bad night.”

The defeat introduced an finish to Madrid’s 12-game unbeaten run in LaLiga and noticed them drop factors for the second recreation in a row, after a 1-1 residence draw with Girona final weekend.

“In terms of quality we dropped off a bit,” Ancelotti mentioned. “Rodrygo [Goes] and Vinicius [Junior] missed some chances that they’d usually score. It wasn’t a good game. [Marco] Asensio did well, but the others weren’t as good as usual.”

After a busy spell of 11 matches in 36 days that started in early October, Madrid now have one final recreation — internet hosting Cadiz on Thursday — earlier than LaLiga takes a seven-week break for the World Cup.

“We lacked some freshness, but that’s normal after so many games,” Ancelotti mentioned. “If we evaluate this first part of the season, we’ve done well.

“We misplaced at the moment and the defeat bothers us, however we’re doing properly within the league and we’re within the Champions League spherical of 16. We have to end properly in opposition to Cadiz after which we have to relaxation.”