According to MARCA, Rodrygo snubbed Carlo Ancelotti’s handshake after being taken off against Villarreal as he was angry and disappointed with his performance in the game.
Real Madrid faced Villarreal in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 on Thursday night. Rodrygo started the game at Estadio de la Ceramica but was the first one to be taken off ten minutes into the second period.
After being substituted, Rodrygo walked off the pitch and failed to acknowledge Ancelotti and shake his hand on the touchline.
This snub has created headlines as the manager seemed to reprimand the youngster on the touchline, although the Italian tactician downplayed the incident.
Reports earlier today suggested that the 22-year-old Brazilian international has grown tired and frustrated with being a substitute and the fact that he is usually the first one to be subbed off when he does start.
And it was suggested that Rodrygo’s reaction on Thursday night might have been due to the same.
But, MARCA is now reporting that the former Santos forward’s reaction came due to his anger and disappointment with his own performance on the night against Villarreal.
The report states that people close to the forward claim that Rodrygo strives for perfection and was caught up in his anger which led to him forgetting to acknowledge Ancelotti on the sideline.
Real Madrid next take on Athletic Club in La Liga this weekend and it will be interesting to see whether Rodrygo is retained in the starting XI or makes way for someone like Marco Asensio, who had an impact on the game after coming on as a substitute against Villarreal.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.