StoryAncelotti Admits Draw Is Less Than Ideal

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has accepted that a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Super Cup against Atletico Madrid is less than ideal. He is hoping that the second leg will help his team left another major title. Madrid recently won the UEFA Super Cup after beating Sevilla. This was one of the six competitions that they could win this campaign. The Super Cup against Atletico Madrid is a two legged affair with the first leg being at the Santiago Bernebeu. New summer signing James Rodriguez scored the equaliser for Madrid after Raul Garcia had given the opposition the lead.

Madrid were prepared to the title last season by Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, who were constructed on a shoestring budget. This time around, Madrid’s dominance is expected to be profound after Atletico Madrid last a number of key players during the summer. There was less of the perceived dominance from Madrid, as Atletico showed that they have coped well with the changes. The second leg with be at the Vicente Calderon, which has often proven to be a tough place to visit in recent years. Despite this, Ancelotti is hoping to go to this tough ground and score some goals.

He may be without Cristiano Ronaldo, who suffered an injury in the first leg. The severity of the injury will become clear in the next few days. “The team played well. In the first half we did not have a huge amount of pace but in the second we did very well. We controlled the match throughout, pressing up front and played well. The three midfielders did very well. When we scored we dominated the game. I didn’t need to put an attacking midfielder on because there were already several on the pitch,” said the former Chelsea manager.