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Old habits die hard as Los Blancos are knocked out of the Copa.
If there’s one person that should shoulder most of the blame for yesterday’s pitiful performance, it should be Carlo Ancelotti. As he’s shown in the past once he gets a particular starting 11 into his head, there’s no changing his mind. It was especially infuriating to see only 2 substitutions made when a certain Eden Hazard literally scored the winner in the previous round and Ceballos, Bale and Jovic not even getting a look either when it was clear the game was going south. This quote doesn’t make much sense either. You don’t play for extra time at Real Madrid.
| Ancelotti: "Bale, Jovic and Hazard? As I said, I put Isco and Camavinga because of the tiredness of Kroos and Vinicius. I would have put them for the extra-times but unluckily Athletic scored."— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) February 3, 2022
If Carlo is not careful and doesn’t rotate more Los Blancos could end up trophy less like in 14-15 when they had a much better squad. The game was covered in detail in the immediate reaction, 3 answers and 3 questions and player ratings articles as well as the Managing Madrid podcast.
Lone bright spot.
Courtois and the defence!! Militao in particular was magnificent in dealing with the pace of Inaki Williams. A number of crucial interceptions from him and Nacho.
Only player who showed up. Keep your head high, @edermilitao pic.twitter.com/wU4YOpEww5— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) February 3, 2022
There’s something about Real Madrid and the Copa Del Rey.
And no not in a good way.
Real Madrid in Copa del Rey since 2014:— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) February 3, 2022
14/15 : Last 16 - Atletico Madrid
15/16 : Last 32 - Cadiz
16/17 : QF - Celta Vigo
17/18 : QF - Leganes
18/19 : Semis - Barcelona
19/20 : QF - Real Sociedad
20/21 : Last 32 - Alcoyano
21/22 : QF - Athletic.
Two Copa del Rey titles in 30 years... pic.twitter.com/DNzHdmYl1f— Infinite Madrid (@InfiniteMadrid) February 3, 2022
Media having a field day.
More Bale shenanigans.
| Gareth Bale was seen laughing at the 75th minute after Hazard was sent back to the bench after he had warmed up. @elchiringuitotv #rmalive pic.twitter.com/UkKM7ZewnI— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) February 4, 2022
Here's (part of) @KiyanSo's response to Ancelotti saying journalists should be asking about Vallejo, Carvajal, and Ceballos not playing too. pic.twitter.com/NqqqOqBtop— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) February 4, 2022