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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he is not happy with his defence this season, claiming the home side made it difficult for themselves on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid beat Galatasaray 4-1 last night in the Champions League, with the home sitting top of their group in the competition.

But in the game, the Italian coach believed his side made it harder for themselves, with Sergio Ramos being sent-off for the 17th time in his career and Pepe making a mistake leading the the goal the Turkish side scored.

As the defence looked sluggish against Galatasaray, switching and allowing Umut Bulut to nick in and score their only goal.

Ancelotti stated that his defenders should just do their jobs: "I don't think defenders should be taking risks," he told the Guardian, "all they need to do is cover behind them and nothing more."

Considering Madrid sit third in La Liga, they have conceded the most goals out of the top four teams - 17 goals in 14 matches.

With Ramos being banned, and possibly missing the final group game, Madrid only have two solid centre-backs in Pepe and Raphael Varane. And defensively, the former AC Milan boss believes if his defenders do more than they are asked, it leads to mistakes.

"I have told my defenders many times they have to cover behind them, I don't have to say it again," he added. "We suffered a sending off because of this, and for the Galatasaray goal, when we didn't cover our backs."

Real Madrid have one more group game to come away to Copenhagen in December, but in the meantime have a home tie against Real Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday, which is a must win if they want to keep up their title chances.


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