Carlo Ancelotti says Real Madrid players “got nervous” in their 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano. “We’re not happy after this draw,” he says.


Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed disappointment with his team’s performance during their recent 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano on February 11. Despite Joselu giving Los Merengues an early lead in the third minute, Raul de Tomas equalized for Rayo Vallecano from the penalty spot in the 27th minute. Real Madrid struggled to regain control of the game thereafter, and Dani Carvajal’s late sending off added to their frustrations.

Ancelotti admitted to the media after the match that the team was not pleased with the result, highlighting that their performance dipped following the penalty incident, leading to nervousness among the players. He acknowledged the challenging nature of playing against Rayo Vallecano and credited them for their strong performance. While securing a point away from home, Ancelotti emphasized the team’s dissatisfaction and emphasized the need to convert such matches into victories in the future.

Despite the draw, Real Madrid maintains their position at the top of the La Liga table with 62 points from 25 matches, holding a commendable lead over their nearest competitors. Ancelotti’s side remains focused on their title pursuit, with Girona trailing behind with 56 points from 24 matches.

Regarding Dani Carvajal’s dismissal in the closing stages of the game, Ancelotti refused to criticize the officials and instead praised the refereeing decisions. He clarified that the referee explained the rationale behind the decision, indicating that it was fair and in line with the rules. Ancelotti stressed the importance of not losing crucial games, recognizing that while winning every match is ideal, avoiding defeat in challenging encounters is essential for their title aspirations.

Real Madrid will resume their La Liga campaign on February 25 with a home fixture against Sevilla, aiming to bounce back with a victory and maintain their stronghold at the top of the table.

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