Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ancelotti Defends 'Clasico' Referee, Team Selection
Football Espana, October 29th, 2013 3:11PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  barcelona, real madrid, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Spanish talk radio show Cadena COPE grilled Carlo Ancelotti on Monday in the wake of Real Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Barcelona in the first ‘El Clasico’ of the season over the weekend. When asked if he thought the referee had stolen the match from Los Blancos by not awarding a clear penalty for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo, the Italian replied: “The referee makes mistakes like the players do. The referee made an error at an important moment of the game, but I do not think it was a robbery. No one at the club has spoken of theft.”

Ancelotti, who was speaking ahead of Real’s midweek clash with Sevilla on Wednesday, was forced to answer repeated questions about his team selection, particularly the decisions to start Gareth Bale at striker and Sergio Ramos in midfield. “Bale played because in my opinion he could play and create problems for Barcelona, only for this. [Karim] Benzema did not start because I did not want the opposing defense to have a clear point of reference,” he said.

“Ramos in midfield? I do not think I was wrong there. It is true that Sergio Ramos has not played in this position before. Before deciding I spoke to him. He was happy, excited to play in this position.” He added that if the game were to be played again tomorrow, he would play Ramos in midfield again.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti was happy to report that midfielder Xabi Alonso has completed his recovery from a long-term injury and could be available for the game against Sevilla.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
Ronaldo: Cristiano Junior Prefers Messi     
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who on Monday was named the 2014 Ballon D'Or winner, revealed ...
Debuchy to Miss Three Months     
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Wednesday revealed that right back Mathieu Debuchy is set to miss ...
Spurs Fights Back to Win Third-Round Replay     
Tottenham on Wednesday fought back from two goals down to beat Burnley, 4-2, in an FA ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives