Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that the European champions are struggling defensively after losing the Spanish Super Cup final to Barcelona at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
“Our mistakes determined the outcome of the game. We didn’t look after the ball and they scored two goals. The game changed from there. It was a bad match for everyone but it wasn’t down to a lack of spirit”.
“In my mind, we don’t talk about humiliation, that’s a bit too far. Sometimes in sports, you win and sometimes you’re beaten. We lost a game against Barcelona like we beat them in LaLiga. They played better and deserved it”.
“The team’s not going through it’s best moment, but we have to dig in, because this team’s got the quality to come back and be competitive in every competition we’re still in. We’re hurting right now, because we usually win finals, but there are still plenty of trophies to play for and we’ll fight right until the end”.
“We have to pick ourselves up and think about what we’re going to do. We’ll make sure we’re tough and competitive again, but we have to improve defensively. This is where we’re struggling at the moment”.
“The team is feeling it because we usually win finals, but we’ve got all we need to improve. There’s no doubt that Real Madrid will always bounce back. It is not a decisive period, but it’s a tough and difficult one, just like there usually is during a season. Tough moments occur often, and we have to overcome them quickly by showing the same attitude and commitment that we always do”.
Real Madrid were beaten 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup final in Riyadh.