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Nacho reacts after Real Sociedad 2-0 Real Madrid: “Haven’t been up to the challenge”

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Real Sociedad ousted Real Madrid by two goals late on Tuesday night and handed them their second defeat in three La Liga games in the process. The Merengues were responsible for their own misery, gifting the hosts not only the opener but also a numerical advantage.

Takefusa Kubo and Ander Barrenetxea were the goalscorers on the night and rounded off a comprehensive display from the hosts. The men in white, meanwhile, fell 14 points behind league leaders Barcelona in the process.

The captain on the night, Nacho Fernandez, faced the media after the 2-0 defeat and gave a player’s perspective into the team’s form and results in recent weeks. He began his interview with an overview of what cost Real Madrid the game against Real Sociedad, saying:

“These are defensive errors. We’ve been making them for a few games, especially in the league. On a pitch like this, which is very demanding, and with a man down, it’s very hard.”

La Liga has been far from the paradise Real Madrid would have dreamt of this season. Nacho commented on the Merengues’ poor run in the league but insisted that their poor form on the road cost them dearly.

“We always aim to win. In the last few league games, especially away from home, we haven’t been at the level we should be for a competition like this. That’s what happened today,” he said.

“If you don’t apply all your intensity, any team will beat you. And I’m not saying that Real Sociedad are any team, but it’s a very difficult league where we haven’t been up to the challenge, I think.”

The veteran defender then spoke about whether the team’s confidence was affected by recent defeats and also pointed out how the most important games of the season were yet to come.

“We’re playing the most important part of the season next week. If you asked us at the start of the campaign, we all would have signed up to be where we are at this stage. Of course, we would have liked things to be different in the league but now we have to keep our heads up and continue fighting.”

The inevitable question surrounding Dani Carvajal was the final matter Nacho addressed in his interview. The defender refused to take sides but called it one of the factors that changed the game, saying:

“It wasn’t a hard tackle. I don’t know whether he gets a touch on it or not but it decided the game. We were already losing and to have a man sent off here is very tough.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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