Carlo Ancelotti explains reason for subbing off Modric and tactics used against Rayo Vallecano

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Real Madrid had 22 goal attempts against Rayo Vallecano, but it wasn’t enough to get the three points on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has explained he tried multiple systems against Rayo, but it didn’t work out, even as he took off Luka Modric for Rodrygo.

Ancelotti said: “I wanted to create width on the pitch and for Rodrygo to play out wide to change from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 system and introduce more energy.

“Modrić played an all-round game. I could have changed Valverde or Camavinga. Nobody deserved to be substituted because it was a good game. We had 22 shots and we didn’t concede any shots on goal.

“We controlled the counter-attacks, we were aggressive and the team looked good. At times it happens that you’re not able to get the goals.”