The Italian coach was not impressed by his side’s performance and has insisted they must improve if they are to be successful this term
Carlo Ancelotti has voiced his discontent with Real Madrid’s showing in their narrow 2-1 win over Elche in La Liga on Wednesday evening.
A controversial stoppage-time penalty dispatched by Cristiano Ronaldo saw Madrid eventually bag the full three points, but Ancelotti warned his side that if they played at the same level on Saturday they will have no chance of beating cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.
“I am not happy. We need to play differently. We suffered a lot during the match, particularly during the closing minutes of the match. Playing the way we did today, we are not going to win the derby,” the Madrid coach said at a press conference.
“We need to play better, with more intensity and more personality. We didn’t have control of the game in the second half. The only important thing is that we won but that’s not enough. We need to improve.”
Ancelotti also briefly discussed the referee’s decision to award the match-winning penalty and claimed that Pepe, who won the spot-kick, stressed the official made the right call.
“It is difficult to talk about the penalty, because you can’t see properly when you are on the bench.
“I talked to Pepe and he told me that it was a clear penalty.”
Madrid currently sit third in La Liga trailing leaders Barcelona and second-placed Atletico by two points.