Ancelotti optimistic about pick La Liga title despite shock defeat to Sevilla
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was optimistic about picking up the La Liga title even after his side conceded a shocking 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday. The Italian tactician insists Real Madrid are still in line to finish the season with the league title.
Ancelotti’s side suffered their second straight loss, the first coming at the El Clasico where Barcelona defeated Real Madrid at home with a 4-3 scoreline. It was Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid who drew first blood against Sevilla, but his opener wasn’t enough.
Carlos Bacca became the antagonist for Sevilla as he levelled the scoreline a few minute after Ronaldo scored and then came up with a late winner to seal three points for his side. Ancelotti was upset with the result of the game and insisted that the scoreline wasn’t a good representation of how Real Madrid had played.
“I don't think we deserved to lose,” said Ancelotti. “On the one hand we could have because we didn't prepare well for Sevilla's counter-attacks and that is how they scored both goals. We took the lead and could have scored more goals. Then they scored two goals in the same way when we needed more balance.”
Ancelotti further said that the loss to Barcelona on Sunday wasn’t a factor in the defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday. The former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain boss insists his team will recover from this setback and get back to the title hunt.
“I don't think the defeat affected us,” Ancelotti said. “Before everything was going well and now we have arrived here. Now we need to react with everyone's character and personality. The league is more complicated and all the matches will be important.”
Real Madrid are now positioned third on the La Liga table, two points behind second-placed bitter rivals Barcelona and three points behind league leaders and local rivals Atletico Madrid. With only eight games remaining in the season, all three teams are in contention for winning the La Liga title.
“Now La Liga is more complicated because we are behind,” Ancelotti said. “It's more complicated but not impossible.”
Ancelotti shrugged off talk about Real Madrid’s inability to pick points against big teams in the league such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Interestingly, Ancelotti’s side has picked up only one point against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this season.
“It's not a problem,” Ancelotti added. “The team has lost against smaller teams (as well). La Liga is complicated and it has strong teams and every match is difficult. We have to think about ourselves. We lost two matches but we have to believe we can win it. We are behind but we have to believe it is possible.”