Ancelotti Urges Improvement as Real Madrid Faces Leipzig Challenge

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Carlo Ancelotti has issued a stark call for improvement following a tense 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig in the Champions League round-of-16. Ancelotti labeled the performance a “bad game,” citing low intensity and acknowledging the need for self-criticism.


In a tense Champions League round-of-16 clash, Real Madrid managed to secure their spot in the quarterfinals despite a lackluster performance against RB Leipzig. The match ended in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, with Vinícius Júnior scoring for Madrid in the 65th minute, only to be equalized by Willi Orbán three minutes later.

Carlo Ancelotti openly acknowledged the team’s subpar display, labeling it a “bad game” with low intensity. The manager highlighted the psychological aspect affecting their performance against a quality opponent playing with nothing to lose. Madrid’s struggles were evident as they failed to register a shot on target in the first half.

Ancelotti took responsibility for the lackluster showing, admitting potential errors in the starting lineup and emphasizing the need for self-criticism and improvement. Despite the criticism, Madrid’s progression to the quarterfinals and their seven-point lead in LaLiga showcased a contrasting narrative.

Defender Antonio Rüdiger echoed Ancelotti’s sentiments, acknowledging the team’s sloppy, slow, and low-intensity play. Despite the shortcomings, Rüdiger emphasized the importance of advancing in the Champions League and recognized the need for improved focus throughout the full 90 minutes.

Madrid, now in the company of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City in the quarterfinals, faces the challenge of addressing their performance issues as they strive for success on multiple fronts. Ancelotti’s admission of faults and the team’s commitment to self-improvement will be crucial as they aim to contend for both domestic and European glory.


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