Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said his players need to move past the disappointment of not winning La Liga and prepare well for the Champions League final.
Los Blancos lost 2-0 to Celta Vigo at the weekend, ending any hopes they had of lifting the title. This weekend´s final game of the season is a dead rubber for the team, and the focus now is wholly on the final on May 24 against Atletico de Madrid.
Since the semi-final win over Bayern Munich, Real have gone on a horrendous run of form, dropping points against Valencia, Valladolid and Celta Vigo.
But Ancelotti told reporters now is not the time to look back and dissect where the league campaign went wrong, but look forward and prepare well for the final.
“I don’t think we threw the league away. It is true though that we haven’t played well in the last three games. After the semi-finals our intensity dropped and we’ve been made to pay dearly. Now is not the time to look at what we have failed to do well. We have to look forwards, recoup our energy and our players in order to prepare well for the final,” he said.
When asked for his thoughts on the league showdown between Barcelona and Atletico at the Nou Camp on Saturday evening, the Italian stated: “I don’t care who it is. I think it will be a high-pressure game. I’m not interested either way. At the moment we have a different issue and that is to prepare well for the Champions League final. We have time and we’ll be well prepared.”