Real Madrid were disappointed by Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics in yesterday’s loss to Barcelona, reports ESPN.
Los Blancos lost 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid dominated proceedings against their bitter rivals and recorded 65% ball possession.
However, they failed to register any shots on target and Eder Militao’s 26th-minute own goal condemned them to defeat.
The Madrid board criticised the Italian’s lack of a plan ‘B’ in the game.
Some of the senior figures also questioned his decision to start both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
The veterans struggled with the physicality of Barcelona’s midfield.
Ancelotti has been unable to get Madrid firing consistently this term. They are seven points behind the Catalans in La Liga after 23 games.
Madrid remain in contention to win both domestic silverware, but Barca have the advantage.
Xavi’s side will fancy their chances in the return leg at Camp Nou on April 5.
Both clubs face off in the league on March 19, and Blaugrana are also at home.
The result of the game could have a huge say on the campaign. A defeat will pile more pressure on Ancelotti.
The Madrid boss is out of contract in 2024, but he could be shown the exit door if the season ends without a trophy.
Real Madrid are virtually in the quarter-final of the Champions League after running riot in the first leg of the last-16 tie against Liverpool.
They won 5-2 at Anfield and are expected to be in the draw for the last eight of the competition.
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