Carlo Ancelotti unhappy with defending Real Madrid on set pieces

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said they need to improve their defenses at set pieces after conceding two corners in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig.

Josko Gvardiol and Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig 2-0 ahead 2-0 in the 18th minute in Germany after Madrid failed to close corners as the Spaniards suffered their first loss of the season. “We didn’t pay attention to the ball and then we conceded two goals, which we are usually much more convincing at,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“I haven’t seen a lack of intensity or attitude. Sooner or later defeat had to come, I’ve said it before. It’s a defeat that hurts, because all defeats hurt, but some less than others, because we still have a chance to finish first.”

Madrid, which has already qualified for the last 16, tops Group F with 10 points, one ahead of Leipzig with Shakhtar Donetsk on six. Celtic are bottom with two points.

Ancelotti said the loss to Leipzig would allow Madrid to identify their weaknesses. “With a defeat you learn more than with 10 wins in a row,” he added. “Because we’re going to focus more on what didn’t go well, which mainly followed defensive set pieces, where we conceded two goals.”

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