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Ancelotti switches focus to King’s Cup

January 05, 2015 09:11:16 UK

Carlo Ancelotti watched Real Madrid’s 22-game winning streak come to an end – then immediately turned his thoughts to the Copa del Rey.

Goals from Antonio Barragan and Nicolas Otamendi cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s early penalty to give Nuno Espirito Santo’s in-form Valencia a 2-1 win at Estadio de Mestalla in La Liga on Sunday.

It meant the capital club’s incredible winning sequence was brought to a halt in their first competitive fixture of the calendar year.

Experienced coach Ancelotti said he would not dwell on a first defeat since September and felt his players were good value for a point at least.

“We had a good game and didn’t deserve to lose…[but] in football, anything can happen,” the Italian told reporters.

“It’s a defeat which we eventually had to suffer, but let’s not forget what we’ve achieved already.

“Congratulations to Valencia – they fought hard.”

Ancelotti said the setback would not alter his thoughts for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last-16 first leg against neighbours Atletico Madrid.

The 55-year-old said he will put out the strongest team possible to face Diego Simeone’s La Liga champions at Vicente Calderon.

“We have to put the best possible team out to win on Wednesday,” he added.

“Physically the team have been good. The season is long and we’re well positioned.

“The defeat doesn’t affect us. We’ll put what we’ve done so well behind us.”

Real Madrid beat fierce rivals Barcelona 2-1 in the final of the Copa del Rey last season and the holders are quoted 2.87 to win this season’s competition.

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