Real Madrid: Carlo Ancelotti has (almost) lost everything

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The Italian coach has been receiving a monstrous shower of criticism since the final whistle of the PSG – Real Madrid match…

We knew it, the two coaches were playing big yesterday. The two teams arrived on fairly similar dynamics, with good results (with a few hiccups all the same), but a game and an offensive animation far from being convincing, often relying on individualities rather than on a real guideline collective. Even if Carlo Ancelotti is – or at least was – much less criticized in Madrid than his Argentinian counterpart in Paris, we could still read or hear some increasingly insistent reproaches in the Iberian media, in particular concerning his policy of rotation almost – zero, or an attack too dependent on the flashes of genius of Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema.

Unsurprisingly, the former coach of PSG and Milan, among others, takes for his rank after the sad performance of his men. First of all, it is his approach to the match, considered far too cautious, which is singled out across the Pyrenees. Spanish observers were expecting to see a fairly low block from Madrid… but not so low. The team found no solution to extricate themselves from the Parisian pressing, often forcing Courtois or the defenders to send long balls in the direction of the attackers, immediately recovered by the Parisian rearguard. Others do not understand why, in this configuration, he did not seek to strengthen the medium with Fede Valverde in particular, whose profile of box-to-box player could have been more useful than that of Marco Asensio in the context of yesterday’s game.

A team that played like a little thumb

“It’s not a physical problem, but a footballing one. The players hadn’t even started to sweat that they were already all behind it.”launched for example Antonio Romero, journalist of the SER padlock in the show El Larguero. “Real Madrid played with complexes”said Tomas Roncero, editor-in-chief of the Real Madrid section at AS. Overall, everyone agrees that Real Madrid left an image of little thumb moving on the lawn of a big one, unworthy of the status and stature of the club. And behind all this, it is obviously Ancelotti who is singled out. “Pochettino clearly beat an Ancelotti who bet everything on the fact that nothing happened in the match”summarizes Javier Sillés in an opinion piece in the newspaper AS.

And we know it, on the side of Madrid, we do not joke with these stories of pride, pride and prestige. Especially not in the club’s fetish competition. Real Madrid can lose – it’s a scenario the fans were already prepared for – but not in this way. It must be said that in addition, the Italian then did not do himself a favor at a press conference. He thus tackled the decision of referee Daniele Orsato to give a yellow to Casemiro and Mendy, suspended for the return, and above all defended himself from having wanted to play a game focused on the defense: “It wasn’t a conservative game plan. We did not manage to get the ball out as we know how to do. Statements that went very badly”. Suffice to say that the transalpine tactician will have to propose a radically different plan in three weeks, in front of a public and Spanish journalists who have already sharpened their knives…

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