Carlo Ancelotti eager to move on after Copa exit

Carlo Ancelotti eager to move on after Copa exit


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said he is keen for his players to move on from the Copa del Rey exit during the week and get back to winning ways in La Liga.

The Copa holders were dumped out of the competition by city rivals Atletico de Madrid, and Real haven’t beaten them in five attempts this season. Much reflection and analysis has gone on in recent days, but ahead of the game against Getafe, the boss said there is plenty to play for still.

“We have paid for some errors that have not allowed us to progress in the cup. We’re sorry because it was a goal for the club,” Ancelotti stated.

“Last year we won it and we’re sorry. But we have to look forward. We are in two competitions. We have a month to strengthen our position in the league, try to get more points against our rivals and then also we have the Champions League.”

Having seen his side win 22 consecutive games at the end of 2014, Ancelotti has now guided his team to victory in just one of their four matches in 2015 so far. But he is adamant the downturn in form isn’t fatigue.

“There is no need right now to do rotations, I think the team are fine. The problem is not fatigue and regarding injuries we just have Pepe, who took a blow to the ribs against Atletico, and Modric out. The rest are just fine,” he told reporters.

He added: “The team is doing well physically. There are some players who must get better though. Although Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos have played more than anyone, because they are important, they are fine physically.”