Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said that “some small details” cost his team a 2-2 draw with Elche on Sunday.
Real Madrid, the leaders of the standings, missed the opportunity to lead by six points from their pursuit of Seville, after this draw with Elche, who is in the fifteenth place, who achieved a big surprise with a 2-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu, the stronghold of Real.
After Luka Modric scored a penalty kick that gave the team hope to return, the first penalty he scored for Real after Karim Benzema, who was injured, missed a penalty in the first half, the team needed overtime to score the equalizer through Eder Militao, to extend the team A series of not losing at home in the Spanish League.
While Real was waiting to discover the extent of Benzema’s injury, Ancelotti said he was sad for the way Elche scored, as he scored two goals away from home in Madrid for the first time since January 1989.
But the coach was buoyed by his team’s reaction, as the team maintained an unbeaten streak against Elche since 1978, and now the team has scored at least two goals in 10 of its last 12 games.
Ancelotti said: “They scored the first goal through the striker, for the second goal, we could have been more compact, small details that cost us two points.”
“We are not happy, but there are many things to consider,” he added.
He stressed, “We conceded two goals, and our reaction was good. We usually lose this match, but a draw confirmed the strength of the team.”
And there are 11 days before Madrid faces Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup, and 12 days later before it faces Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Ancelotti added: “We have a short break, we enter it while we are in a good position in the three competitions, that is what we wanted to do.”
And he added, “We are here, and now comes the most important period of the season.”
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