Real Madrid Legend Guti has criticized Carlo Ancelotti for his substitute choices in Real Madrid’s Clasico defeat to Barcelona, as well as taking aim at Vinicius Junior for his disappointing performance.
Barca ended a five-game losing streak against Madrid with a 4-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice and Ronald Araujo and Ferran Torres also scoring.
Ancelotti’s decision-making, according to Guti, played a crucial role in the Blancos’ demise, with Eden Hazard ending the game as an unused substitute and Gareth Bale being left out entirely.
What did Guti say?
“I’m Ancelotti and I look at the bench and I have Hazard, Jovic, Bale, Isco… And you’re telling me that I can’t sub any of them in? What’s going on? I am getting lost.”
“Can you tell me what’s going on?” I’m getting disoriented. When I watch the game versus Barcelona and look at the Real Madrid bench, I notice that Mariano is the first substitution from Madrid in the second half… How is it possible?
“How come Bale and Hazard aren’t there?” Mariano [Diaz], Madrid’s initial offensive change, hasn’t played this season?”
Guti blasts Vinicius
Guti also chastised Brazilian forward Vinicius, who had a nightmare night against Real Madrid’s arch-rivals.
He had an opportunity to reverse the game’s momentum after being passed through on goal with the score at 1-0, but he lost control of the ball while attempting to round Marc-Andre ter Stegen before collapsing and appealing for a penalty.
That incident completed an otherwise dismal performance from the 21-year-old, who Guti believes should focus more on his game.
“Vinicius is more concerned with the referee and his opponents than with playing football,” he remarked.
Barcelona’s Xavi destroys Real Madrid to keep their title hopes alive
It should come as no surprise that FC Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over bitter rivals Real Madrid in El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Sunday night stunned the Catalan press.
Lluis Mascaro of Sport reported that Xavi’s Barca made history with their victory, which ended a five-game winning streak for Los Blancos, who had not lost to the Catalans in three years.
Mascaro characterized these “devastating” figures as “volumes” regarding the “awful sporting disaster” that “devastated the Blaugrana team,” which is now in debt to the tune of $1.5 billion.
“[The team] fell from humiliation to humiliation” in the Champions League, while Madrid “also imposed its domination” in La Liga.
But Barca gave Madrid a “historic” bath, as the Spanish word goes when one has utterly humbled one’s opponent, similar to those that “Pep’s Barca did” while Xavi was still playing.