Carlo Ancelotti, the main culprit of Madrid’s failure in the Cup

The Real Madrid was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey at the hands of Athletic Club de Bilbao, a painful defeat for the merengue team that dreamed of winning the treble for the first time in its history and establishing itself as the best team in Spain.

One of the reasons for the defeat is the low rotation that Carlo Ancelotti is making throughout the season. The Italian coach barely bets on 10 outfield players on a regular basis and a couple more on the bench for an entire season, a huge mistake if we take into account the length of the season and how little the club moved during both transfer markets .

Coach’s mistake

Ancelotti has not managed to activate the players who have had fewer minutes in recent years. Names like Isco Alarcón, Dani Ceballos, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Jesús Vallejo, Luka Jovic and Mariano Díaz have hardly had game time this season, so it is almost impossible for them to arrive in exemplary condition for the decisive phase of the season where they have a good part of the campaign left in La Liga and the UFA Champions League, where they will face PSG.

Another detail to note is that pieces like Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde are far from being at a competitive level to be relevant in the midfield area, a case similar to that of Marco Asensio.

The match against Athletic Club de Bilbao is an ideal example to explain the aforementioned points. After a long journey of names like Casemiro, Vínicius and Éder Militao to play for the Brazilian team, they started and were hardly relevant. Benzema’s injury left the team without a center forward, so Ancelotti opted for a false 9 (first Ansensio and then Rodrygo Goes) that was a real disaster in every way. And, with the development of the game quite complicated, he hardly bet on his bench.

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Carlo Ancelotti has a very important challenge for the rest of the season with a squad of just 14 players to close the La Liga title and fight for the Champions League, where he will face much better matched squads and with more variants in all the zones. Will Real Madrid manage to win the double this year?

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