Carlo Ancelotti: “We can’t play like that.”

Last night Real Madrid defeated Villarreal 3-2 in the round of last 16 in the Copa del Rey at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

In his post-match interview that appeared on AS, Carlo Ancelotti revealed what he told his players at half-time:

“That they had to wake up, we lost many duels. The early goal made us take more risks and they controlled the ball well and managed several counterattacks. The team was too open, we failed to press. In the second-half it was totally different.”

“The first half was not good, we can’t play like that. But the reaction was spectacular. This team never gives up, those who work at the club know that. We have not given up, but we cannot be so close to the bottom,” he added.

Ancelotti praised the performance of Dani Ceballos:

“Him and Vinicius changed the match, they brought quality and energy. They were the two decisive factors in turning the game around.”

Real Madrid play Athletic Club next on Sunday in La Liga.

GSFN | Tom Cserép

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