On Saturday, the home crowd at the Bernabéu vented their frustration by whistling at the players throughout the match against Athletico Madrid. The visitors won 1-0. But the loudest blast came when manager Ancelotti decided to substitute midfielder Isco for striker Morata in the second half.
The Madrid fans let rip at the coach for the poor play and technical decisions. After a spending spree of almost €175 million on signings, Ancelotti’s project just isn’t pulling the punches for the fans. It’s just over a month and a half since the season started and the white congregation is already voicing its doubts.
Cristiano Ronaldo faced the facts after the match: “It wasn’t our day. We weren’t on. The manager has nothing to do with it. He is doing a great job. The fault is on the players, we are the ones that have to improve”.
“We have to keep our heads up because the league is complicated. The good thing is that this loss has come early. I have a lot of hope for winning something important this year. I played poorly and so did my teammates”, he said.
“Personally I am happy with Ancelotti, he is one of the best coaches I have ever had”, he concluded.