·26 September 2023
·26 September 2023
Real Madrid may have just lost one of their seven games so far this season. Yet, Carlo Ancelotti’s ability at the club is already in question. Such are the high standards at the Spanish club that even a single loss is seen with great criticism.
Ancelotti owned up for the team’s defeat to Atletico Madrid after the game at Civitas Metropolitano. He admitted that he could have done things differently in retrospect and took the lion’s share of the blame. Yet, the offices at Real Madrid do not appear pacified.
MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra) has brought out a list of ‘sins’ committed by the Italian gaffer against Diego Simeone’s side which directly played a part in the team’s poor showing and has angered the Real Madrid hierarchy.
For starters, Ancelotti’s decision to drop Joselu has not gone down well at the Valdebebas. The Spanish striker was after all in good goalscoring form and was decisive in the team’s recent games.
The second big mistake, as the Madrid offices see it, is the unnecessary change in formation. Real Madrid were performing well enough and did not warrant shifting Jude Bellingham to a forward role for the derby.
The list of errors does not end there. MARCA add that Ancelotti’s decision to rest Aurelien Tchouameni in arguably the most important game was the single most decisive factor that gifted Atleti the game. After all, the Frenchman has been in imperious form this season.
Another of Ancelotti’s decisions that upset the Real Madrid hierarchy from Sunday’s game was his call to start Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
It was the first time this season that the two veteran superstars started together in midfield, with Ancelotti’s choices showing that he still relies on them for the big games when the hierarchy wishes for him to give the younger midfielders a go in the big games.
With the team set to return to action in less than 48 hours, it remains to be seen how Ancelotti makes up for his errors.