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My Team Is Playing Badly And I Am To Blame – Ancelotti

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his star strike force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema need to be more efficient in front of the goal after the European champions slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Madrid’s fifth league defeat of the season came hot on the heels of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal as they have ceded the advantage in the La Liga title race to Barcelona.

“I think the problem we are having at the moment is quite clear. It is not a defensive problem, it is an offensive problem. We are not finding a way through like we did in the games before. We’ve only scored one goal from a penalty in two games,” said Ancelotti. “That is the problem we have to fix. We lack efficiency up front.”

Los Blancos have badly missed the creative talents of Luka Modric and James Rodriguez in recent weeks through injury, and Ancelotti wants more speed injected into his side’s forward play.

“There is no connection. There is too much individual play, we are looking for individual solutions,” he added. “We need another way of attacking, more combinations between players, to try to play quicker and with fewer touches.”

“I have a big part of the blame because I am the coach. There are some coaches that say ‘this isn’t my team’ when the team plays badly, but I am saying this is my team that it is playing badly,” he added.

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