Pay per Head: Acelotti laments Real Madrid’s missed chance

Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, lamented a missed opportunity after his side wasn’t able to take advantage of their title rivals’ mistakes, and pay per head services can fully understand his disappointment.

Price per head services saw that on Sunday, the finalists of the UEFA Champions League came twice from behind to draw 2-2 to Valencia at home, with a late equaliser scored by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real’s draw came a day after Barcelona were held by Getafe, and La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 at Levante just hours earlier, much to the surprise of pay per head services.

Ancelotti and pay per head services could see that his team, who are sitting third and five points off top with a game pending, had let a chance slip up, but is still hopeful with Barca hosting Atletico on the last matchday.

“We missed a chance but it is not so big because the draw is OK,” the Italian told a news conference.

“If we would have won tonight, Atletico would have had to win at Barcelona. As we drew, for Atletico the draw in Barcelona is enough, but we have to win the next two games.

“We should be so focused on it. For Atletico the draw in Barcelona now is fine. So, we missed a chance but not so big.”

Jeremy Mathieu moved in a Dani Parejo corner, scoring for Valencia a minute before half-time, but pay per head services saw that just before to the hour-mark, Sergio Ramos nodded in a header by Ronaldo.

Parejo’s very nice finish on 65 minutes restored the lead to the visitors, but Ronaldo levelled in extra time with a smart back-heel.

Ancelotti believes that Real’s efforts in Europe made it tough for the team to be physically ready.

“I think basically the problem has been physically,” he said.

“The same problem has happened as well to Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea.

“When you play a semi-final of the Champions League, it’s normal the following Sunday if you cannot give as much intensity as usual. I think we paid for that.”

The coach talked up how important Ronaldo’s equaliser was, saying that a loss would have ended the team’s chances for a title, and pay per head services fully agree.

“That was very important for us, because if we’d have lost, we’d also have lost La Liga,” he said.

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“The goal from Cristiano keeps us with options.”