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Carlo Ancelotti calls for his Real Madrid defence to improve

‘We can’t be gifting goals like that’: Unimpressed Carlo Ancelotti calls for his Real Madrid defence to improve after sloppy errors allowed Celta Vigo to score twice in 5-2 victory at the Bernabeu

  • Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 5-2 in the first game back at the Santiago Bernabeu 
  • Karim Benzema netted a hat-trick and Eduardo Camavinga scored on his debut 
  • Despite the victory, Carlo Ancelotti was left unimpressed with his defenders
  • He has called on them to improve after they allowed the visitors to score twice 

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with how his side defended despite their battling 5-2 victory at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Playing at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since 1 March 2020 after stadium renovation, Real had a terrible start, conceding after four minutes following a defensive mix-up.

‘It wasn’t a perfect night, we gifted them too much from that start,’ Ancelotti said.

Despite his side’s victory on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti was left unimpressed with his defenders

Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as the Spanish giants beat Celta Vigo 5-2 at the Bernabeu

‘We need to improve this as it makes the game tougher for us. Our reaction was great and let us win the game, but we can’t be gifting goals like that.’

Celta’s opener was not Madrid’s only defensive lapse. The visitors scored from their next attack, which came after Real equalised, to go 2-1 up and had 11 shots in total, including a number of clear-cut chances that on another night would have ended up in the net.

‘Granted, we are missing some important players like (David) Alaba and (Ferland) Mendy, but we need to help our team mates out more when we aren’t on the ball. That will help us avoid these kind of problems in the future,’ the Italian said.

Debutant Eduardo Camavinga was also on the scoresheet after £27million move from Rennes

Vinicius Junior made it 3-2, celebrated his goal by jumping into the crowd and was mobbed by a large group of fans, many of whom were not wearing face masks.

However, Ancelotti refused to be drawn on the Brazilian’s celebration, which has sparked criticism from supporters and pundits across Spain.

‘I didn’t really see it. I know he went towards the fans. They helped us a lot in this game and the atmosphere was brilliant,’ he said.

The win left Real top with 10 points from four games along with Valencia and champions Atletico Madrid.




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