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San Mamés, quarterfinals in the Cup in a single match, a poisoned Athletic after three defeats in the last two months and a Madrid without Benzema and with the Brazilians recently landed in Madrid after being beaten by a transoceanic plane. The ingredients had everything to send the whites to the canvas, and so it was. With the unexpected collaboration of Ancelotti, the most notable of the Copa elimination in Bilbao.

The Italian, despite fatigue, opted for Casemiro, Vinicius and Rodrygo in the eleven, took Alaba out of the center of defense to fill the gap in Mendy, reneged on Jovic despite the absence of Karim and opted for Asensio, and then Isco, with false nines, and only moved the bench with two substitutions.

Decisions, all of them, strange and wrong, but Ancelotti did not consider it that way: «It was not the worst game of the season and I don’t think this defeat will have consequences. The only consequence is that this defeat makes us stronger.”

There were decibels in San Mames, how could it be otherwise, and a tone out of it. The previous one was marked by the breakage of a window on the Real Madrid bus. Upon arrival at the stadium, the white team was greeted with a shower of beer cans, glasses and bottles by the Athletic fans present on Calle del Licenciado Poza, a usual place where the most fiery local fans liven up the pre-match . Fortunately, the damage was only material and there were no consequences for any of the members of the white expedition.

What can leave wounds are some of Carletto’s measures. Hazard warmed up, Bale and Jovic didn’t even do that. Ancelotti is going to entrust everything to his 15-16 trusted players, and surely this will be enough for him for the League, but the doubts two weeks before the duel in Paris against PSG are more than justified: «Punishment? I have nothing to say. You speak of Bale, Hazard y Jovic And you’re not talking about Ceballos, Carvajal, Vallejo… All those who haven’t played should be punished, not just those three. I have made decisions and these players have not entered. Nothing more”.

Nacho, the best of Madrid together with Military, regretted what happened with the calendar, but recognized the bad day of his own: «It has not been one of our best games. We have been good defensively, but it has been difficult for us to create chances. It was necessary to be a little finer up top, create more chances, more danger.

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