Ronaldo absolves Ancelotti from blame after Real Madrid lose derby to Atletico Madrid
By now Carlo Ancelotti must have realized that he has a lot more work at Bernabeu than he originally thought. The Italian boss signed up for the Real Madrid job this summer thinking he’d have at least a stable team, but even after making plethora of signings during the summer transfer window Ancelotti has a lot of team building to do.
Real Madrid just recently picked up their second successive home defeat to derby rivals Atletico Madrid. It was an all-around poor performance by Real Madrid. Despite having the lion’s share of ball possession and creating the larger number of plays, Atletico Madrid were more industrious in completing their objectives on the pitch.
Atletico Madrid defended brilliantly, attacked with composure and valiantly challenged Real Madrid’s starstruck midfield. However, in the end an early goal from Diego Costa cost Real Madrid dearly. Los Blancos had to face the first defeat of their La Liga season, a result that leaves them third on the league table, behind first-placed Barcelona and second-placed Atletico Madrid. Both teams are drawn on points, 21 apiece.
Third-placed Real Madrid have 16 points because of two draws and their latest defeat. Real Madrid’s crown jewel Cristiano Ronaldo insists that his team lacked intensity and the will to fight for victory, rather than poor tactics form Ancelotti. The Portuguese forward attempted to absolve his boss from criticism in the wake of Real Madrid’s latest failure.
“Atletico went ahead and played a good match. They ran more and it was not our best day,” Ronaldo said. “The coach is not to blame. The players are to blame. I played badly, but not just me. My team-mates were not good either. We have to step up and fight harder.
“From today to tomorrow we can improve a lot and we will do. There are still a lot of league matches left, the Champions League, the cup. Five points is a big advantage but we have to keep working to make this a phenomenal season.”
Ancelotti has endured a difficult start to his Real Madrid career. Real Madrid had to rely on Ronaldo’s 96th minute penalty-kick goal to defeat the newly promoted side Elche by 2-1 to save themselves from an embarrassing draw. Ronaldo admits Ancelotti is facing difficult times, but insists that the problem can be fixed quickly.
“We conceded the goal at the start, the match became difficult and we lost confidence,” Ronaldo said. “The start of the season has been good and we've been playing well, but the last two matches have been bad. We have to fix it with a better attitude, more concentration and with clearer ideas.
“The moment we're going through is not easy and losing a home match is not good. We have to think about fixing the problem quickly. I think we have to continue with the work we are doing, trying to play more with the ball on the ground.
“We were doing well until last week and I am not going to change things now. It is true that we are five points behind [Atletico and Barcelona], but the league season is long and we have time to cut the gap. The team has a lot of quality.”