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Ancelotti responds to barcelona accusations, emphasizes professionalism

Posted : 03 February 2024

Real Madrid's coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has responded to accusations from Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández and president Joan Laporta regarding the club's criticism of LaLiga referees. Ancelotti stated that he won't "sink to that level" and emphasized his professionalism and respect for Spanish football. Barcelona has been under investigation for payments to a company linked to a former vice-president of Spain's refereeing body, and tensions have risen between the two clubs.


Real Madrid leads LaLiga with 57 points, facing Atlético Madrid on Sunday. Ancelotti expressed confidence in injured player Antonio Rüdiger's improvement but highlighted the defensive challenges, with key players like Éder Militão and David Alaba unavailable. Despite the ongoing controversies, Ancelotti praised Atlético's manager Diego Simeone, acknowledging him as one of the most difficult opponents he has faced, emphasizing his respect for Simeone's managerial skills.


The comments from Xavi and Laporta stem from Real Madrid TV's regular broadcasting of videos highlighting refereeing mistakes, raising questions about the influence of such criticisms on the competition. The tension between the clubs adds extra anticipation to the upcoming LaLiga derby between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.


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