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Ancelotti frustrated with defensive frailties

4 November 2013 19:41

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned his side must improve defensively if they are to challenge for honours this season.

The Spanish giants have scored an impressive 30 goals in their 12 Liga fixtures this season, but the team's frailities at the back have been exposed with the defence being breached on 16 occasions.

Their inconsistency was once again highlighted in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano. Having cruised to a 3-0 lead, the hosts stormed back with two quickfire penalties to ensure a nervy ending.

And Ancelotti is keen for his charges to strike a better "balance" in their play ahead of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League meeting with Juventus.

"Balance means to attack and defend well," he said. "We have attacked well but we have conceded a lot of goals.

"I'm not happy with the defensive play but this team has scored an average of about three goals per game."

Ancelotti has opted to rotate his defensive options this season, with Raphael Varane set to come into the starting XI for the trip to Juventus Stadium

And the Italian believes the changes benefit the squad in the long term.

He added: "Varane will play tomorrow (Tuesday), he is fresh because he didn't play on Saturday. I haven't decided who will play with him, (Sergio) Ramos or Pepe.

"The rotations are not a problem, it means the players avoid injury and they are more motivated."

Real will secure qualification from Group B with victory in Turin, but Ancelotti is wary of a tough challenge and praised the work of counterpart Antonio Conte.

"It will be an interesting match," he continued. "For Juventus the game is important, but for us it's an opportunity to qualify.

"Conte has done an amazing job in a difficult environment, building a competitive team."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
5 November 2013
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Juventus Stadium (Torino)
Attendance
40696

Goals

A. Vidal (PG) 41'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
52' Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by K. Benzema)
1 - 2
60' G. Bale
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)
Llorente 65'
(assist by M. Cáceres) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
19 72'
4
21 44'
23 41'
8
22
6
10
14 65'
Coach: A. Conte
# Player Bookings
1
4
3
12
2 41'
14
19 35'
6
11 60'
7 52'
9
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
27
12
5
11
20
30
33
# Player Bookings
24
22
20
15
17
23
25

Sunday 31 August

Saturday 30 August

23:42
23:26
23:19
23:16
23:06
22:57
22:51
22:51
22:33
22:23
22:02
21:39
21:21
21:19
21:17
21:02
20:55
20:42
20:41
20:41
20:34
20:15
20:14
20:14
20:13
19:59
19:53
19:48
19:42
19:20
19:17
19:01
18:36
18:16
18:01
18:00
17:55
17:53
17:42
17:20
17:11
16:30
16:22
16:20
16:18
16:09
15:59
15:45
15:39
15:20
12:51
12:35
12:24
12:03
11:03
11:02
10:12
06:42
05:53
02:54
02:42
02:39
01:22

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
15:16
15:16
15:05
14:05
13:35
13:29
13:11
12:59
12:50
12:50
12:29
12:18
11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +2 3
2 1 +1 3
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 1 -1 0
20 1 -2 0

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