‘We can’t give goals like this’: the unimpressed Carlo Ancelotti calls for his Real Madrid defense to improve after Celta Vigo scored twice in a 5-2 win at the Bernabeu due to sloppy mistakes
- Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 5-2 in the first game in Santiago Bernabeu
- Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick and Eduardo Camavinga scored on his debut
- Despite the win, Carlo Ancelotti was unimpressed by his defenders
- He has called them on to improve after letting the visitors score twice
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was not happy with the way his side defended despite their 5-2 win at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Real played for the first time since March 1, 2020 at the Santiago Bernabeu after the stadium’s renovation and had a terrible start, conceding four minutes after a defensive mix-up.
“It wasn’t a perfect night, we gave them too many presents from the start,” Ancelotti said.
Despite his team’s victory on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti was unimpressed by his defenders
Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick when Spanish giants defeated Celta Vigo 5-2 at the Bernabeu
“We have to improve on this because it makes the game harder for us. Our response was great and let us win the game, but we can’t gift goals like that.”
Celta’s opener wasn’t Madrid’s only defensive blunder. The visitors scored from their next attack, which came after Real equalized, to lead 2-1 and have a total of 11 shots, including some clear chances that would have landed in the net on another night.
Admittedly, we are missing some key players like (David) Alaba and (Ferland) Mendy, but we need to help our team-mates more when we’re not on the ball. That will help us avoid these kinds of problems in the future,” said the Italian.
Debutant Eduardo Camavinga was also on the scoresheet after a £27million move from Rennes
Vinicius Junior made it 3-2, celebrated his goal by jumping into the crowd and was mobbed by a large crowd of fans, many of whom were not wearing face masks.
However, Ancelotti refused to be drawn to the Brazilian’s celebration, which has sparked criticism from supporters and pundits across Spain.
‘I haven’t really seen it. I know he went to the fans. They helped us a lot in this game and the atmosphere was great,” he said.
The win put Real on top with 10 points from four games, alongside Valencia and champions Atletico Madrid.