Real stayed within five points of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but pay per head sportsbooks saw that they were not at their best at the Santiago Bernabeu in their first match of the year.
Real’s fans were very happy when they saw that Karim Benzema was eventually able to put the hosts ahead with 67 minutes gone before a double by Cristiano Ronaldo late on made the score appear to be more emphatic than their performance deserved, and pay per head sportsbooks also believe that they could have done much a better job on the pitch.
But Ancelotti and many fans believe that Real simply missed a spark in their first game back since the winter break, which marked Gareth Bale’s return from a calf injury.
“We didn’t play very well, we were a bit slow in the first half but it is normal coming back from the holidays,” he said.
“The team did not have an intense rhythm.
“The most important thing was to win the game, and we did that in the second half with more intensity.”
The coach also confirmed that he didn’t see a gesture by Angel di Maria after reportedly receiving criticism from the home fans after his substitution during the second half, and price per head services saw how controversial this was.
“Di Maria tried to do his best but it is normal that some people are not happy with his performance,” he explained.
“I did not see any gesture. It could be it is an error to respond to the fans.”
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Pay per head sportsbooks were somewhat concerned when Ancelotti explained Xabi Alonso’s half-time withdrawal, as he said that the midfielder “felt a bit uncomfortable” due to of a burst eardrum suffered in the 3-2 win in December over Valencia.