March 11, 2015 08:54:08 UK
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that both he and his players need to improve their performances, having narrowly escaped Champions League elimination.
The reigning European champions were beaten 4-3 by Schalke in the Bernabeu in the second leg of their last-16 tie, edging home 5-4 on aggregate following a 2-0 win in Germany in the first leg.
We need to work harder, train harder, do everything better.
And Ancelotti accepted that there is a lot of hard work ahead, with Los Blancos having also taken just one point from their last two Primera Liga outings.
The Italian told reporters: “I still trust this team because I know what they can give. We have to work more.
“We are playing very badly. It is quite incomprehensible after what we did until December. We had problems in every aspect of the game: offensive, defensive, desire, fight and concentration.
“I continue doing my job, but I need to do it better. This is the responsibility of the coach to put out a team that can play better than they did tonight.
“I continue having total confidence in this squad, because I know what they can do. We are not doing it at the moment and we need to work harder, train harder, do everything better.”
Next up for Real is a home clash with Levante on Sunday, while a week later they head to the Camp Nou to take on deadly rivals Barcelona, who currently top the Spanish La Liga table by one point, having won 15 of their last 16 games in all competitions.
Real can be backed at 2.20 to be crowned Spanish champions this season, with Barcelona 1.66, while Ancelotti’s side are 3.75 to retain their Champions League title.
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