Carlo Ancelotti: Modric shouldn’t be blamed

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Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that Luka Modric shouldn’t be blamed for the defeat against Atletico Madrid.

Ancelotti started the Croatian against Atletico, and he had a poor game.

Modric was taken off in the second-half, as Real Madrid sought a comeback.

Speaking after the game, Ancelotti said: “We don’t point the finger at anyone, to point the finger at Modrić is a bit too much, I think.

“He didn’t have a good game, like his team-mates. I tried to put more height up front in order to play a bit more with crosses, seeing that we were losing.”

Asked if he could go back and change, Ancelotti responded: “That’s a good question. I could have done better, maybe. That’s quite clear. When the team doesn’t do the right thing it’s my responsibility. But I’ve got broad shoulders, it’s not a problem.

“We didn’t do well today, but it’s not down to the formation. The formation won’t change. It’s a setback that could provide us with an opportunity to do things better. We’re upset and angry, as we always are when we lose. But we’ve done very well so far and we’ll continue to do well.”