Ancelotti: Fatigue to blame for Cordoba struggle

The Italian coach admitted after a laboured Blancos performance in their Liga opener that the Portugal international and the rest of his team-mates are not yet fully match fit

Carlo Ancelotti conceded after Monday’s laboured victory over Cordoba that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Real Madrid are in “optimum condition” as of yet.

Just three days after losing the second leg of their Supercopa de Espana clash with city rivas Atletico, Los Blancos kicked off their Liga campaign with a lacklustre 2-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before Ronaldo secured all three points with a long-distance drive right at the death, but Ancelotti admitted afterwards that the Portugual international is still working his way back to full match fitness – just like the rest of his team-mates.

“He’s not in optimum condition; but we aren’t yet,” the Italian coach told reporters. “We’ve been working on the aerobic performance. We need more rhythm.

“There was some tiredness because we’ve played every three days since August 12 and it’s not easy to play every three days in the pre-season.

“We were tired. We only played three days ago and it’s not easy to go straight back into action after that amount of rest.

“Having said that though, I think we controlled the game. We’re not at our best yet. We need to quicken the game up. But I’m sure that will come with time.”

Madrid’s next Primera Division outing comes on Sunday, when Ancelotti’s men travel to San Sebastian to take on Real Sociedad.

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