Real Madrid coach Ancelotti refuses to blame World Cup on sudden form slump

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti defended his rotations ahead of facing Cadiz on Thursday night.

Ancelotti was questioned if he thought the impact of so many games had led him to consider swapping players in the starting eleven.

He said: “I think [rotations] are important but you have to look at the dynamic of the team and to take out players like Valverde or Rodrygo – who score in every game – is a bit strange. I don’t think about keeping the international players on the bench [despite the World Cup] because I know that they’re going to give everything while they’re here.”

Ancelotti was also quizzed on whether the World Cup had anything to do with Real Madrid’s slow end to the season: “The World Cup is there but I haven’t seen anyone, in this month leading up to it, training without full commitment; the tackles are even more frequent in the small-sided games and no player has told me anything like that in meetings.

“The situation is simple: we’re not in the best form but the World Cup was there a month ago and we were playing well then.”