UEFA Champions League leg 2: Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke 04 (5-4 on aggregate)

Coach Ancelotti reacts:

“I’m very sorry. As everyone saw, we played very badly, it isn’t good for our image and that of our club. I’m very sorry. The whistles were totally deserved. This is going to motivate us for the games to come. I still have complete faith in this team and in the squad. I know what it’s capable of producing. Right now it isn’t.”

“We have to work harder and focus more. We all know that we played badly. We have no problem saying so. It’s the truth. We want to do better. Nobody likes moments and games like these. I’ve spoken to the players.”

Half-time team talk
“We tried to sort out the defensive side of things, which is where things most went wrong. No team had scored four goals against us at home. Only Barcelona I think, with two penalties. We weren’t well organised.” 

“It’s normal, we lacked confidence. We’ve also suffered a bit of a dip physically. We had problems in every department of the play: attack, defence, desire, fighting spirit, focus… It was pretty clear.”

His future
“I’m not thinking about being sacked. I’m continuing to do my job. I’m trying to better, I need to do better. As I’ve said, it’s the responsibility of the coach to put out a team that can play better than we have tonight.”

Did you think you were going to go out?
“No, we suffered until the end, until the last minute. The game didn’t turn out as we wanted.”

“As I’ve said, I have complete faith in all the players. The key to solving this problem is the players themselves, and the coach too.”

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