The mighty Los Blancos suffered a devastating 3-2 defeat in front of their loyal fans at the Bernabeu last Saturday night. Real Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti confessed that his squad lacked the drive to clinch a win over Villarreal after their exhilarating 4-0 triumph over rival Barcelona just a few days prior.
Following their momentous victory over Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, the historic club understandably had trouble gearing up for another high-stakes match.
“It was hard to be 100 percent motivated because the Barcelona game demanded a lot from us emotionally. That’s normal, even though this defeat hurts us,” Ancelotti lamented. After pulling off such an emotionally-charged win, the team likely felt drained and found it difficult to muster up the motivation to go hard on the pitch again.
Their sensational defeat of Barcelona may have ended their opponent’s winning streak, but it also meant that all eyes are now on their upcoming Champions League quarterfinals against Chelsea.
Ancelotti assured fans that “Wednesday’s match will be completely different. It’ll be a different story.” Real Madrid now have to pick themselves up after this devastating loss and refocus their energy on one of the biggest games of the season.
While Los Blancos triumphed over their archenemy Barcelona, they shockingly crumbled against Villarreal. Real Madrid now have to regain their motivation to avoid losing more ground in La Liga’s title race. The back-to-back matches in a matter of days took a major toll, but the storied club will have to dig deep to find their drive again. Their weekend loss may have been disheartening, but if any team can pick up the pieces, rediscover their passion, and go on to win important games, it’s Real Madrid.