Real Madrid managed to get a 4-2 win over Almeria this weekend. But Barcelona followed it up with a 4-0 win over Real Betis. Thus, the title race is as good as over. Los Blancos’ only hope is the Catalan giants completely slipping up over the last six games, which feels very unlikely. Even then, it is important for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to build up some momentum, as they have big games coming up.
They are a week away from the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna. And three days after that game, they will take on Manchester City in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
Real Madrid’s defence going into these games will be a worry for Ancelotti though. They conceded four goals in the loss to Girona and two to Almeria. That is six goals in the past two matches, not nearly good enough. Especially when you consider that neither of those teams are in the top 8 of the La Liga table.
"“I know very well what the team is capable of defensively. What I don’t understand is how we’ve conceded six goals in two games. What’s happened? We relaxed today despite trying to focus in defence. We did very well pressing after we lost possession and after we made it 3-0, our concentration slipped and they scored a goal, I got angry in the dressing room and we made it 4-1. Then we had another lapse in concentration and they scored again. It’s a good wake-up call as we conceded two goals in a short slump. It won’t happen in our upcoming games.”"
Real Madrid boss admits he got angry in the dressing room
Real Madrid’s defence has been very inconsistent this season. They started badly but appeared to find their rhythm in recent months.
Going into the game against Girona, they had kept clean sheets in six of their previous seven games. And yet, what has followed has been a huge cause for worry, especially with the tie against Manchester City coming up.
Pep Guardiola’s side have looked unstoppable lately and have Erling Haaland leading the line. The Norwegian has been scoring for fun this season. Hopefully, the previous two games will act as a wake up call for Real Madrid’s defence.