Ancelotti: I spoke with Florentino Perez and he is hurt as much as we are.

Chidalu Obiajulu

It’s been a tough week for Carlo Ancelotti following the Champions League round of 16 first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian has been singled out for criticism for the way he set up his Real Madrid team in Paris, with many even implying that his job is under threat.

Speaking to the media ahead of the LaLiga Santander clash with Alaves, Ancelotti admits that he has spoken with president Florentino Perez.

“I have spoken with the president, with everyone in the club, and they are hurt just like we are,” he said at his press conference.

“The [team’s] image was not good. The least of our problems is the result because it can be changed, to tell the truth. What was worse was our display.

“The [criticism] out there is justified because we did things wrong, the first critic is myself and I take responsibility. You have to understand it and learn from it. Some [criticisms] are fair and others are nonsense.”

Ancelotti believes Real Madrid still have a chance in the competition.

“We have never said that we are going to win it,” he stated. “But we can compete and in three weeks we will compete more against PSG, there is no doubt.”

Kylian Mbappe caused Real Madrid all sorts of problems that night, but Ancelotti avoided directly addressing the possibility of the Frenchman moving to Los Blancos.

“This is a very competitive squad but, for the future, we are thinking about some things,” he said.

“Every year we try to make the squad better.

“He caused us a lot of damage and we have three weeks to prepare for a match against him.”

On Saturday’s opponents Alaves, Ancelotti highlighted their strengths.

“Alaves are doing well, they have rhythm and identity,” he said.

“The defeat hurt us, we are aware of the bad game we played against PSG.

“We have an advantage in the league and we want to keep it going.”