Sat 04 March 2023 | 14:30

Ancelotti backs his forwards despite their poor display against Barca

In their 1-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona, the Los Blancos failed to register a shot on target as criticism of their attacking line increased. However, Ancelotti trusts his attackers bringing thrashing Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield as an example.

Real Madrid also fell short in front of Atletico Madrid as they only converted one goal from their seven attempts on target. Karim Benzema, who played in both of Real Madrid's recent games, failed to help his side. However, Carlo Ancelotti defends the Frenchman's displays ahead of their clash with Real Betis.

"It's not possible to be 'at the top' in every game,"

Ancelotti said at Saturday's pre-match press conference. "

Karim doesn't worry me because I see him in good shape.

"He's in a good physical condition, certainly better than in the first part of the season. At the offensive level, collectively, we are very good.

"We are the team with the most goals in the league. Benzema has failed at some specific moments, nothing more. But there is no 'offensive problem'. We scored five at Anfield."

Vinicius Junior was fouled five times against Barcelona and reacted angrily to a couple of challenges. Ancelotti is sure he won't get sent off for his reactions.

"It doesn't worry me at all,"

Ancelotti said. "

The important thing here is that Vinicius doesn't lose the love of playing.

"In recent games they have defended against him very well, that's why it has cost him at times."

About their upcoming game against Betis, the Italian added:

"We enter the game in good shape and we are recovering players.

"We know Sunday's game will be difficult against a great team who play attractive football.

"There is no margin for error. We will have to give everything to get the win."



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