Jose Mourinho says he expected Real Madrid to be doing much better.
The Portuguese boss seems to welcome controversy, and certainly isn’t shy in commenting on the fortunes of fellow clubs and managers.
Los Blancos were leading the table before the weekend, but two defeats on the trot have hampered their position. Ancelotti’s men first lost a pulsating match in last Sunday’s Clasico against Barcelona, and that was followed up by Wednesday’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Sevilla.
In a league full of twists and turns, Real Madrid can feel utterly frustrated as a win against Barcelona (a match they led twice) would have put them seven points clear of the Catalans. Instead, they are now third, two points behind Gerardo Martino’s side and three adrift of Atletico Madrid at the summit.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a wretched history with Barcelona, and after recently suggesting that the Catalans are currently at their worst state in many years, he couldn’t help but take a dig at Real Madrid’s position under Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “I’m surprised. I expected Real Madrid to be higher up, with more of an advantage. Barcelona have dropped far more points this season than in the previous three years.”
Do Jose Mourinho’s comments hold any weight? After all, his ill-fated final season in the Spanish capital led to Real Madrid finishing on a lowly 85 points – a low amount which will surely be beaten by Ancelotti in his debut season at the club.
Will Carlo Ancelotti achieve more success at Real Madrid than Jose Mourinho?