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Ancelotti laments key injuries in title failure

SoccerNews in La Liga 24 May 2015

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Real Madrid’s failures in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League are down to key absences in midfield, according to under-fire coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti saw his side round off their season with a 7-3 destruction of Getafe on Saturday, but the campaign will not go down in the history books at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The league title looked Barcelona’s ever since March’s Camp Nou Clasico went their way, while Ancelotti’s former employers Juventus ended Real’s hopes of retaining the Champions League at the semi-final stage.

Luka Modric’s absence since April saw Ancelotti opt to play defender Sergio Ramos in midfield against Juve, with Asier Illarramendi, Lucas Silva and Sami Khedira all overlooked.

But Ancelotti points to the turn of the year, when pre-season captures James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos were also sidelined as a key point in the season.

He said after the Getafe success: “I think we are going to meet next week to talk about both my future and Real Madrid’s.

“The supporters have shown me all their support. The team played well which wasn’t easy. We finish this season with 92 points, which is not bad but not enough.

“We have said many times this season, we had some players out in January and February. We had three important players injured in Kroos, Modric and James.

“In this period we lost points against Villarreal at home and after that in Bilbao.”

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