Carlo Ancelotti fires Real derby warning
Carlo Ancelotti believes Real Madrid will not win this weekend’s derby against rivals Atletico if they put in the same performance as they did against Elche.
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Real came away with all three points courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace in the 2-1 win, but the visitors were aided by a last-gasp penalty decision in their favour.
Ancelotti insists if they fail to capitalise on their dominance this Sunday, they will not be fortunate enough to taste derby victory.
"I am not happy,” he explained. "We need to play differently. We suffered a lot during the match, particularly during the closing minutes of the match.
"The team controlled the match after Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the second half. The result is the most important thing, but it isn’t enough, we need to play better.
"We won’t win the derby if we play like we have done in this match, that’s why I think we need to improve, play with more intensity and personality."
Regarding the penalty decision, Ancelotti refused to be drawn over his own view of the incident, which allowed Ronaldo to seal victory from the spot in injury time.
"It’s hard to talk about these situations because from the bench our position is not the best. Generally speaking I don’t like to talk about refereeing decisions. I spoke with Pepe and he told me it was a clear penalty," Ancelotti said.