Carlo Ancelotti has pleaded with the Real Madrid fans to unite with the players in order to secure the ‘Decima’ after supporters jeered both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale even though Real beat Rayo Vallecano 5-0.
Ronaldo opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu, but when he wasted an opportunity to add a second with the home side already 4-0 up, the fans turned on the Ballon d’Or winner for not passing to striker Alvaro Morata, who was in a better position to score.
The forward has undoubtedly been Real’s best player since completing his £80m move from Manchester United in 2009, and Ancelotti was left bemused by the fans, who appeared to still be harbouring frustration from the back-to-back defeats to Barcelona and Seville.
“We need the help of everyone,” said Ancelotti. “Whistling Cristiano is incomprehensible.
“I have always said that sometimes I understand whistles because they can be deserved. Right now? No, the players are putting in a lot of effort.”
Bale was booed early in the match, having failed to fire on all cylinders against the Catalan side before suffering the wrath of Ronaldo for wasting a late free-kick against Seville as Real went down 2-1.
However, the world-record £86m signing soon silenced his doubters as he scored a brace – the second a wonderful effort that began in his own area, sprinting up-field before powerfully striking a shot beyond Vallecano goalkeeper Ruben.
Ancelotti has called for fans to rally behind the side in their efforts to secure a tenth Champions League crown, having not lifted the European Cup since 2002. The players will also be out for revenge, as they come up against German side Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the quarter-finals, having been eliminated by Jürgen Klopp’s outfit in the semi-finals last season.
“On Wednesday, we'll have a great atmosphere at the Bernabeu because everyone is dreaming of the Decima [10th European Cup] and they know we can win if everyone gets behind the team,” recognised Ancelotti. “Together we can achieve the dream.”
The Italian also believed that their chances of claiming a Champions League and Copa del Rey double are firmly intact, despite throwing away their advantage in the hunt for the La Liga title. Both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona recorded victories over Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol respectively on Sunday, but the two sides meet on the final day of the season in a fixture that could still let Real steal in on the championship.
“Naturally this win is important,” Ancelotti stressed. “We could be better, given we lost twice, but physically we're good.
“If we win all the games that we have left, at least we win the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.
“We just have to believe in ourselves and be positive.”
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