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Carlo Ancelotti admits Real Madrid 'lacked quality' in Cadiz draw

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Cadiz are currently at the foot of the table
Cadiz are currently at the foot of the table / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Carlo Ancelotti was content with Real Madrid's performance during their goalless draw with La Liga strugglers Cadiz, but admitted his side lacked quality in the final third.

Real dominated every metric, registering 82% possession, 36 shots and generating an xG of just below 3.0.

Despite this they were successfully repelled by a spirited Cadiz side who produced a string of goal-saving blocks and tackles to earn a hard-fought point.

After the game, Ancelotti insisted he was not concerned by the result, even though Real's opponents entered the game in the relegation zone.

"When we win then I’m very content, even if we play badly. If we play badly and lose then I’m very sad. If we play well and don’t win then I’m just content. So, today I’m content," he said.

"We tried everything we could from the first to last minute. I think we lacked some quality in the final 30 metres, but I can’t be angry. These matches can happen. There were many positive aspects, with the result the only thing that wasn’t positive."

The draw extended Real's lead at the top of La Liga to six points with Sevilla their closest challengers in second.

Reigning champions Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, meanwhile, are 14 and 16 points behind respectively.

Ancelotti added: "If we look at the table then Sevilla are closest to us. They have a lot of quality, technically and commitment wise.

"They also have a fanbase that will push that team. Right now they are closest to us and we’ll have to fight with them. But, the teams who are further back will come back too."

Real's attention will now turn to Wednesday's meeting with Athletic Club who are currently in ninth. Casemiro will miss the game through suspension after picking up one too many bookings for the season against Cadiz.


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