Carlo Ancelotti insisted that nobody should be blamed after Real Madrid’s disappointing 0-0 at home to ailing Cadiz and applauded the performance even if the result was not as expected.
Madrid had hoped to expand their winning streak to eight league games but failed to convert their superiority into goals on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos’ 36 shots were 10 more than any other team in a single LaLiga game this season and the most since Madrid themselves had 37 attempts against Levante in April 2013.
Those shots were equivalent to 2.8 expected goals (xG), which means that it is only the fourth time in the last decade that Madrid have not scored in a La Liga game despite registering at least 2.8 xG.
Cadiz defended valiantly, their 14 blocks being the most any team has seen in a game since Opta began collecting data (2005-06) and somehow managed to leave the Santiago Bernabeu with at least one point for the second straight year .
As frustrating as it would have been for his team not to beat 19 Cadiz, Ancelotti looked positive.
Speaking to Movistar, Ancelotti said: “I think we tried in every way but it didn’t turn out well.
“It didn’t work out, but we tried, so it’s not my fault [anyone]. There are a lot of positive things, the only thing that wasn’t positive was not winning the three points, but that’s football.
“There are times when you don’t deserve it and you win, and other times you deserve it and you don’t win. They played us with a line-up that always challenges us, but that’s the way it is.
“We didn’t do well to break their defensive line in the first half, the intensity wasn’t very high. The second half was different, we created a lot of opportunities.
“The ball didn’t go in, but personally I’m happy. We tried, I don’t know what else we can do. We could have had more quality in the last few meters, but I won’t ask. ” my team for more. “
Numerous Madrid players stood out, but one of the most notable – even if he wasn’t exactly the standout star – was Eden Hazard.
The Belgian has been a huge disappointment since joining Madrid from Chelsea, with injuries playing a huge part in upsetting him, but he looked rosy at times on his first La Liga start since September.
Hazard had three shots, his match high of 0.77 xG showing he was a threat while also making five key passes, the second most he has scored in a league game for Madrid.
Ancelotti added: “It was difficult for him to get into the game but in the second half he did very well with better combinations with the strikers.
“It is clear that Hazard can be another weapon for us in the second half of the season.”
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