Real Madrid’s last league game was El Clasico, and the outcome didn’t swing in their favor.
Barcelona walked away with three points, and Real has now lost three of their last five games, a type of downturn that rarely occurs for the La Liga powerhouse.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has seen Los Blancos surge to huge heights with a 22-game win streak earlier this season, realizes that his squad is failing to produce in the short term but remains confident in what the future holds.
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After all, the Italian believes his team played well against Barca and can build off that showing in the ultimate chase for a second consecutive Champions League crown.
“The defeat was hard, but the sensations were good because they returned to play as we wanted and as we know. That will help us win more in the future.”
“As I always say, the first objective is to reach the Champions League final and the second is overcome the opposition in the final,” Ancelotti said. “This Real Madrid has all the conditions to compete at all levels in all competitions, so the goal is to win.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have acted as the centerpieces to Real’s attack this season, and although they haven’t been able to spur the offensive spark for victory, the return of James Rodriquez may add that wrinkle of talent necessary to turn their path around.
Given the extensive season length and slim margin for error, it’s common to see usually consistent form take dips now and again, and facing 19th-place Granada on Sunday, Real has the ideal opportunity to recapture dominance.