Real Madrid’s head coach Carlo Ancelotti rejected the idea that his club depends too much on Jude Bellingham’s goal-scoring prowess after a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday. Real Madrid is now in second place in the league, two points behind surprise leaders Girona after they failed to score for the first time this season.
Bellingham, who has played ninety minutes this season in La Liga, has scored ten goals in his eleven matches. But in the first half, he had an unfortunate tumble that necessitated shoulder surgery. Ancelotti gave an update, saying that Bellingham would be tested tomorrow because of a shoulder issue. We hope it’s not a significant problem, and he’ll be ready for Wednesday’s Champions League encounter against Braga.”
Real Madrid has a wide range of goal-scorers in their lineup, but Ancelotti stressed that they can still succeed even if Bellingham cannot produce goals. “No, we have an abundance of resources,” he said. With players like Fede Valverde, Vinícius Junior, Joselu, and Rodrygo Goes, we generated opportunities today. Today, we needed more clinical touch”
With five of their 22 shots against Rayo going on target and an expected goals (xG) rating of 2.05, Real Madrid could not penetrate their opponent’s defense. “We attempted various approaches – crosses, through balls, direct play – but none proved successful,” Ancelotti said, reflecting on their attempts. It’s an aspect of the game that everyone may encounter. Our athletes persevered to the finish.”
Ancelotti stressed that despite the sad outcome, there was no need to be concerned about the team’s overall performance. “We’re not happy with the outcome, but we are not happy with our team’s performance,” he continued. Until the very last whistle, we have faith in ourselves. We are doing well in the league table. We’ve participated in five home games and seven away games in the Champions League, and we’re competitive. Alarms are not necessary.”
Before the international break, Real Madrid will play Valencia in La Liga on Saturday and Braga in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The points were evenly divided in an exciting encounter played at the Santiago Bernabéu, with Rayo Vallecano earning a crucial moment.
Real Madrid, who attempted over 20 attempts throughout the match but could not break through Rayo’s unwavering defensive line, was up against Francisco’s men, who displayed heroic defense. With remarkable skill, goalkeeper Dimitrievski stopped all the attempts, including many crosses and strikes.
Almost every Real Madrid player had an opportunity to score despite the abundance of possibilities, although their assaults seemed a little disorganized. Ancelotti will probably be unhappy with their method of getting the net, as frustration will be the order of the evening.
As the match went on, it was clear that Real Madrid needed a slip-up or a flash of genius to end the tie, but none came through.
Perhaps because of an injury issue, Jude Bellingham’s performance was muted, and Vini Jr. had yet another disappointing night in front of goal.
The away team will be happier as Rayo Vallecano keeps up their pursuit of European qualifying. Despite the disappointments of the evening, Real Madrid is still a contender at the top of the league.