Real Madrid is going through a bad patch. On October 25, the Merengues lost for the first time this season against RB Leipzig in the Champions League (3-2). Then they drew with “Girona” in La Liga (1-1) and won against “Celtic” in C1 (5-1). But last night Carlo Ancelotti’s troops went down in La Liga for the first time this year. It was the attractive team of Rayo Vallecano who offered the scalp of Real Madrid and won with a score of 3:2. After the meeting, the Madrid players were inevitably disappointed. Carlo Ancelotti is the leader.
Ancelotti and Courtois are disappointed
“It is a very easy match to analyze, our opponents were the strongest. We lacked strength in attack and we had difficulty getting the ball out in defense. The quality was not enough to win because the duels were for them (…) We were a bit tense because we played a lot of matches like other teams. It is clear that it is difficult. We’re not as fresh as we used to be, especially when the opponent presses you like that. The form is not as good as before. I’m disappointed, but the championship is still very long. There were difficulties in the strategy. Sometimes you have to put long balls, maybe I didn’t know how to convey that to the players (…) What I tell the players is the lack of power and when you don’t have it, the attitude, the quality is not the only thing that wins the game.”
The Italian who took responsibility is not the only pathetic one. Thibaut Courtois was seum after the match, although he accepted the superiority of his opponents on the day. “We’ve conceded a lot of unlucky goals this year, some because of mistakes and some because we weren’t 100% in the game. Scoring two goals in such a difficult stadium should have been enough to win, but it wasn’t. In the second half, there was a setback with a penalty. Carvajal runs and the ball hits his hand, then I save the penalty but Carvajal enters the box too early and the referee or VAR decides to take it back. I don’t know if the move has been whistled yet, but the ball goes back to Dani and so he points it. I couldn’t stop him in the second penalty, it was a shame.”.
The Iberian press is worried about it
After this failure, the Iberian press has not been kind to the Madrid team. “King Fall”title brand this Tuesday, before adding: “Real Madrid fades as the World Cup approaches. The first league defeat of the season came at Vallecas last night, but before that a draw at home to Girona or the only defeat in the Champions League, against Leipzig. It’s clear that Los Blancos go into the World Cup break very fair, Carlo Ancelotti feared after a superb start to the campaign. In the last four matches in the Champions League, there have been two defeats (Leipzig and Rayo), one draw (Girona) and only one victory against Celtic.
Iberian media later added: “Real Madrid conceded three goals for the first time in the league. Until yesterday, he had conceded just one goal and three more to go in the Champions League defeat to Leipzig. But the doubts behind it have always been the manpower of this first stage of the season and an aspect that Ancelotti has always emphasized to improve collectively. Courtois managed to keep a clean sheet in only 5 of the 20 games played by the Madrid club this season. He has conceded 13 goals in the league so far (…) Real Madrid needs a break.”.
Barca are celebrating
on his side, AS whom: “Madrid is losing its mind”. The Iberian edition later added: “A tense and courageous Rayo taught Real Madrid the worst of the season as they lost the lead.” In a difficult position, the Spanish champions, who have to compose without Karim Benzema, will have to raise their heads in the last match before the reconciliation against Cadiz, not ten times this season. Because the Madrid players are facing the risk of falling behind FC Barcelona, who were happy after the defeat of their bitterest enemies yesterday.