Real Madrid boss Ancelotti blasts his side after shock Girona defeat
‘Our level was VERY low’: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti blasts his players after their shock 4-2 defeat by Girona – and urges team to improve FAST ahead of Champions League semi-final with Manchester City
- Real Madrid were beaten 4-2 by Catalan minnows Girona in LaLiga on Tuesday
- The Spanish giants stay 11 points behind league leaders Barcelona as a result
- Carlo Ancelotti urged his side to improve, insisting they were ‘bad defensively’
Carlo Ancelotti slammed his players after they shipped four goals against Catalan minnows Girona just two weeks ahead of meeting Manchester City.
‘Our level was very low. We apologise, the team did not play at all, ‘ said the Madrid coach, after watching the 4-2 defeat in Girona’s 13,000 stadium.
‘We were bad defensively and that was the key to the defeat,’ he added. ‘We were anxious and we relied on individual play.’
The Madrid coach accepted that supporters will not be happy losing to a team that was playing in Spain’s second tier last season.
‘They will be hurt and angry as we are,’ he said of the supporters. ‘But we need to remember we are in a cup final and in a Champions League semi-final.’
Carlo Ancelotti slammed his players after Real Madrid were beaten 4-2 by Girona on Tuesday
The manager criticised his side’s poor defending and claimed they didn’t play well as a team
That semi-final sees them face Manchester City on May 9. This game was billed as Madrid against ‘little City’ because Girona are owned by the City Group.
All four Girona goals came from Taty Castellanos who is at the club on loan from New York City.
He had only scored seven goals coming into the game and missed a sitter two weeks ago in a 0-0 draw against Barcelona.
But he went into double figures making a fool of the usually brilliant Eder Militao.
The Brazilian was slated in Marca’s match report as ‘unrecognisable’ and ‘absent’.
At the other end of the pitch Vinicius was Madrid’s best player although he was booked and risked a second yellow when provoked by Girona’s defenders.
‘I told him that he’s very good and that is why we fouled him so much,’ said Michel, Girona’s coach.
Girona’s Taty Castellanos celebrates his hat-trick before scoring a fourth against Real Madrid
Star man Vinicius Jr puts his head in his hands as Real Madrid stay 11 points behind Barcelona
In the first half Vinicius was unplayable and scored his 22nd goal of the season. He has now matched last season’s tally and the strike took him to 58 goals in the Madrid shirt – the same managed by Figo during his time at the club.
Ancelotti said of the caution picked up by the fiery winger: ‘A player like that should not be shown so many yellow cards.’ He was furious in the first half when Vinicius was booked and challenges against him went unpunished.
Real Madrid rested Karim Benzema back in Madrid for the meeting with Girona but it was their goalkeeper they really missed. Thibaut Courtois was out with a stomach problem and his stand-in Andriy Lunin could get near any of the four goals.
Real Madrid are now five points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid who play on Wednesday. The race for second could be vital this season – if Barcelona are banned from entering next season’s Champions League by UEFA then second place in LaLiga will mean the team is a seed in the Champions League draw for next season.
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