Carlo Ancelotti expressed regret for Real Madrid’s startling 4-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, conceding that “everything has gone wrong.”
Real Madrid, who still lead second-placed Sevilla by nine points in LaLiga, were pummeled by a resurgent Barcelona in Xavi’s first El Clasico as a coach, which culminated in a spectacular victory for the visitors.
“When they advanced, we lost control. They hurt us. It was not a good night, we are sorry for the fans, but we have to look forward. We have an advantage, we have to rest and come back.
“I tried to push up and it hasn’t come off, my fault. It’s hard because it’s a Clasico, we’re very sorry, it’s a blow, we’ve lost a battle, but we have an advantage, we have to be calm, calm and recover. We don’t have to make a drama out of this match. We’re sorry. It’s all gone wrong, we have to forget it and look forward.”
With four defeats in six editions of El Clasico as a coach, Ancelotti has found it difficult to manage this fixture.
“I’ve failed in this game, but I’m not making a big deal out of it,” he said.
Since Xavi’s November appointment, Barcelona have won 37 points from 16 LaLiga games, whereas Madrid have won 39 points from 17 matches.