Carlo Ancelotti is renowned for being one of the calmest managers in world football. Even when in high-pressure situations, all the Italian does is raise his famous eyebrow. Yet, he has admitted that he did get a bit angry during Real Madrid’s game against Celta Vigo. His side did manage to squeeze out a 1-0 win at the end though, thanks to a late winner from Jude Bellingham, who has come in and established himself as the difference maker in this team straight off the bat.
Real Madrid had a golden chance to go ahead even before Bellingham’s goal though. Los Blancos were awarded a penalty around the 70th-minute mark.
Rodrygo failed to convert from the spot though. On another day, it could have cost Real Madrid two points.
Thankfully, Bellingham was there to save the day on this occasion. After the game, Ancelotti did not seem happy with the choice of penalty taker.
Real Madrid boss explains why he got angry vs Celta Vigo
"“I don’t know what happened. I told Valverde that Modrić should take the penalty and I don’t know what happened between them. Vini wasn’t there, he was the one who was supposed to take it. They decided that Rodrygo should take it because I don’t think Valverde was able to tell Modrić that he should have taken it. It angered me a bit, but it could have been a misunderstanding. I don’t think Valverde had time to tell them, I’ll look into it in the next few days.”"
At the end of the day, it did not end up costing Real Madrid anything. But moving forward, it is important that they stick to the manager’s plans.
Modric converting from the spot could have avoided the nervy finish to the game. It might have even helped with the goal difference as well.
Of course, there is no point in reflecting too much on the matter. It is what it is. Hopefully, Rodrygo will take it in his stride as well.
Real Madrid’s next game of the season is against Getafe at Santiago Bernabeu. They have not made a great start to the campaign. So Ancelotti’s side will have to be considered as heavy favourites on the day.