Real Madrid started 2022 in the worst possible way, losing three points to Getafe as they fell 1-0. For Carlo Ancelotti, the players weren’t sharp enough and played like they were still on vacation.
Analyzing the game as a whole, he said: “We reacted well for the first 10 minutes after we conceded, but then we got nervous and lost a few duels. There isn’t much to say about this game. We stayed on vacation for an extra day. It can be difficult after the Christmas holidays, but we don’t want excuses. We didn’t play well. This is not a criticism or a drama. Yesterday the players looked lively. But today they were not. It wasn’t the team we saw before Christmas. It was a different team, with less focus and less commitment. I don’t think we deserved to lose and I think a draw would have been fair, but maybe this loss can be a red flag as we were still on vacation today.
It was an individual error by Éder Militão that led to Getafe’s goal, but Ancelotti does not want to nominate any player for the loss. When asked if he would choose the individuals at fault, he replied, “No, absolutely not. There are some who didn’t have a good game, but I can’t see anyone. For example, Benzema didn’t have a good game. But, you can’t tell Benzema apart.
Ancelotti on arbitration
The Italian was also quick to dismiss the idea that referee Mario Melero Lopéz had an impact on the final result. He said, “No, absolutely not. I got a little pissed off in the first half because I thought they could have received more yellow cards than us, Rodrygo and I each being booked in that first half.
Ancelotti on Hazard does not start
Eden Hazard only came on at half-time and Ancelotti explained why he opted for Rodrygo and Marco Asensio from the start. He explained: “There were little details behind the departure of Asensio and Rodrygo. I knew they would not last 90 minutes and that Hazard would arrive in the second half fresher. He and Marcelo tried hard, without find a lot of opportunities.
Ancelotti on Marcelo against a low block
One of the interesting questions to ask when it comes to Cadiz’s draw and this loss to Getafe is the idea of Marcelo starting with Ferland Mendy against teams defending in depth. When asked if Mendy’s departure was Getafe’s game, Ancelotti replied, after thinking about the question for a moment: “I don’t know. When it’s a tough game Marcelo can certainly give you something more up front. That’s why he played the second half.