Ancelotti: Madrid fans entitled to boo us

The Italian coach says that Santiago Bernabeu faithful had every right to vent their frustration following last weekend’s derby defeat at Atletico

Carlo Ancelotti said he can understand why Real Madrid fans whistled him and his players before and during Saturday’s Liga win over Deportivo, and claimed that they were perfectly entitled to do so after the derby defeat at Atletico.

The Liga leaders moved four points clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of the table thanks to goals from Isco and Karim Benzema, but there were boos for both Ancelotti and captain Iker Casillas when their names were read out ahead by the Santiago Bernabeu stadium announcer prior to kick-off.

Gareth Bale was also jeered by some supporters during the game but Ancelotti insists he was not upset by the crowd venting their frustration with his players in light of the 4-0 loss at the Vicente Calderon the weekend previous.

“As always [after a defeat], the whistles were at the start. Then they stopped and there was applause for the game Iker had,” the Blancos boss told reporters.

“It’s normal for me or the team to be whistled. It’s frustrating for everyone to lose a derby 4-0. 

“We all understood the need to win and the importance of the support. We need to say thank you to the fans. 

“It’s hard to support the team when things go badly. The team are grateful for it.”

Ancelotti admitted, however, that Madrid had played without the dynamism and spirit of adventure that propelled them to a 22-game winning streak during the first half of the season.

When pressed on the cause of their lacklustre display against Depor, the Italian conceded that his players were still a little shell-shocked after their humbling at the hands of Atletico.

“[The usual verve] was lacking because of a result that took us by surprise,” the Italian added. “That’s normal after a game like the Atleti one. 

“But the reaction has been good and we’ve got a lead in the league and we’re playing well in the Champions League.”

Madrid face Schalke in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.

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