Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has defended himself from increasing criticism in Spain by suggesting the club’s transfer business in the summer did not necessarily strengthen the side.
With Madrid five points behind joint league leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid after a string of poor performances, pundits have been increasingly critical of Ancelotti, especially as he can call on the world’s two most expensive footballers in Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Italian coach, who has also already been whistled by disgruntled fans inside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, told Gazzetta dello Sport that nobody should forget Madrid had also sold important players last summer too.
“Everyone talks about the 100 million euros spent on Bale,” Ancelotti said. “But you could also talk about the money Real Madrid took in during the transfer window -- more than 120 million euros.”
Madrid received a total of around 115 million euros from the sales of Mesut Ozil, Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol, Jose Callejon and Pedro Leon last summer. However, besides the 101 million euros -- or 91 million euros, as Madrid president Florentino Perez suggested this week -- spent on Bale, they also shelled out another 72 million euros to bring in Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro.
Ancelotti accepted that his much-changed side had yet to gel, but predicted they would soon.
"Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have won the eight games but what I have been criticised for most has been our play, which was not good,” the former Paris Saint-Germain boss said. “I am the first in saying it -- the team needs to play better. It certainly can. We will soon see the real Real.”