Ancelotti confused by jeers at Real Madrid players and Ronaldo
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims he was confused by the criticism on Cristiano Ronaldo during the 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. The Italian coach believes Ronaldo had a good game and is having a great season.
Ronaldo scored the goal that gave Real Madrid the lead before the interval, yet the Portugal international was targeted by Real Madrid fans. Apparently, Ronaldo was being selfish in passing the ball up to his teammates.
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were jeered as well, but the duo scored two second half goals to redeem themselves. Real Madrid fans might have been angry about Real Madrid’s recent slow goalscoring rate, but Ancelotti insists there was no solid reason behind their actions.
“I have always said that sometimes I understand whistles because they can be deserved,” Ancelotti told Real Madrid’s official website. “Right now, no -- the players are putting in a lot of effort. We need the help of everyone. Whistling Cristiano isn't comprehensible.”
Diego Lopez, who has replaced Real Madrid’s long-serving captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, was also jeered by the Real Madrid fans. Ancelotti believes Lopez had a good game as well and insists such attacks at the shot-stopper won’t hurt him.
Ancelotti was happy to see his side back on track with a win after losing two consecutive games to Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, and losing the top spot on the La Liga table. The former AC Milan manager his team can record comeback to regain the top spot on the table.
“Naturally this win is important,” Ancelotti said. “Today we reacted well following two losses. We played a great game, with a good attitude on the pitch. This serves to prepare well for the next game. In the last two games we made errors at the back. Today we didn't and we used the counter-attack well. The back four were good.”
Ancelotti further said that he wasn’t concerned about the results of other teams as Atletico Madrid grabbed a win over Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona won over Espanyol. Ancelotti claims he and his team remain focus on their performance and just “think in ourselves and be positive” about returning to the top.
Ancelotti was confident Real Madrid supporters will be more enthusiastic about supporting their side as Borussia Dortmund comes to visit the Bernabeu for their midweek Champions League clash against Real Madrid.