Having dropped 6 points in just two fixtures, Ancelottiai??i??s model at Real Madrid has come tumbling down as the Los Blancos find themselves sitting on the 3rd spot in the Spanish La Liga.

The match against Barcelona at home was a hard-fought one, one that was difficult to accept due to the controversial penalties by the referee. But the loss to Sevilla mid-week seems to have knocked Ancelottiai??i??s men off their feet as they suddenly find themselves 3 points behind Atletico Madrid and 2 points behind Barcelona.

Having led the La Liga for quite a numberAi?? of weeks, Real Madrid run the risk of giving away the fight for the Spanish crown as they enter the last leg of the season. With just 8 games left in the league, Ancelotti will have to make sure that his men donai??i??t slip again as they play catch up to their arch-rivals.

Rayo Vallecano

Xabi Alonso and Modric will have to lift their games up

Xabi Alonso and Modric will have to lift their games up

Real Madrid face Rayo Vallecano on Saturday and will be looking to win 3 comfortable points. Rayo is currently in the 13th position in the league and have won two of their last 3 fixtures and will prove to be no push-overs. But Real will have the distinct advantage of playing at home and a side boasting of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale should easily see off the opposition.

Real Madrid are in a vulnerable position right now but the players seem to have rallied themselves and believe that they can spring a late come-back to win the league title. While Xabi Alonso claimsAi??that they must win all their remaining games, questions have been asked regarding his performances in the last two fixtures. One of the reasons why Real were cruising in all the three competitions was because of Modric and Alonsoai??i??s presence in the midfield. The duo had been in effective control of all the matches and seem to partner up well to provide Madrid the necessary spine to win games. However both these players have hardly been their influential best and will have to stage a dramatic come-back if Real is to win the title. Real Madrid will be boosted by the arrival of Di Maria and Sergio Ramos who were both sidelined due to suspension. Di Maria has been very important for Real Madrid this season and has raised his game, giving tough competition to Gareth Bale for the right flank. Meanwhile Sergio Ramos remains the captain of the side and Real have looked extremely vulnerable in his absence.

It will be interesting to see how Ancelotti shapes up his starting eleven as the manager will be keenly aware of the Champions League encounter with Borrusia Dortmund that awaits them next week. However the Italian will know that he cannot afford to rest any players and must look to get back to their earlier winning ways as Dortmund pay them a visit on Wednesday.

Real Sociedad

This is probably one of the toughest fixtures that Real face in the league as they visit Real Sociedad who are currently in the 6th position in the league. Though Real have had a decent away record this season, a visit to Real Sociedad is never easy and Real will have to be at their very best if they are to come back with three crucial points.

The visit will further be complicated by the Champions League fixtures as Real host Dortmund just days before this match and then visit Germany in the follow up leg. Hence the morale of the team and its prioroties is very dependant on the first leg of the Champions League tie. Also, Ancelotti might have to rest a few key players in this fixture which might prove to be costly as a defeat will almost surely signal the end of their domestic campaign. An extremely complicated fixture, Real Madridai??i??s entire domestic campaign depends upon their visit to Real Sociedad on the 5th of April.

Almeria

Real Madrid should not face any severe opposition as they host Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu on the 12th of April. This fixture is just days after the second leg clash of the Champions League tie and its result will be dependent on Realai??i??s performance in the Quarter finals. However, irrespective of whether Ancelottiai??i??s Real Madrid find themselves in the semi-finals of the Champions League or not, they are expected to win 3 points against Almeria who currently sit on the 16th spot.

With just months left to go in the current campaign, Carlo Ancelotti knows that a club like Real Madrid only looks at the trophies it has won and not much at the manner in which they play football. And hence for all its beautiful football, Ancelotti would have failed the board and the club fans if he fails to win the Spanish La Liga despite being so definitely in control of its fortunes.

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