Real Madrid's English midfielder Jude Bellingham waves during the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and RB Leipzig at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday. AFP-Yonhap

Real Madrid turns its focus back to the Spanish league hoping to put behind one of its worst performances of the season.The league leader hosts Celta Vigo on Sunday, four days after being jeered by the home crowd at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in a match to forget against Leipzig in the Champions League.Madrid was held to 1-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals thanks only to its 1-0 win in the first leg in Germany.“We have to accept criticism when it is deserved, and the criticism is deserved,” coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “The whistles at the end of the first half were deserved. You need to have a demanding crowd like the one at the Bernabeu because the whistles woke us up at certain times in the second half. Although we’re pleased to reach the quarterfinals, we have to be critical and we should’ve played better.”The lackluster play set off alarms, leaving Ancelotti struggling for answers on how to get the team back on track as soon as possible.

“Maybe I made a mistake in the lineup,” he said. “But I wanted to bring more intensity and energy, and we didn’t do that. That’s where we have to improve and evaluate what we didn’t do well.”Madrid didn’t have an attempt on target in the first half against Leipzig. It has drawn four of its last seven matches in all competitions, including three of the last four.Ancelotti said the team looks tired, and the international break should come in handy for the squad ahead of the decisive period in the Champions League and La Liga.“We have two games before the break, then we’ll have time to relax mentally because the team is tired in this regard,” he said. “After the break we’ll come back better.”Ancelotti said some of the injured players should be back by then, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and central defender Éder Militão, who have been nursing long-term knee injuries. Not available for the next two league matches is Jude Bellingham because of a red-card suspension. The club was trying to appeal the suspension so the England midfielder could be out for only one game.Madrid has a good cushion over Girona with 11 matches left in the Spanish league.“We’re in a better position than ever because we’re seven points clear in the league and we are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League,” Ancelotti said. “If I’d 슬롯사이트 been told this at the beginning of the season, I’d have taken it.”

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