Carlo Ancelotti says he empathises with Marco Asensio following his angry reaction to being left on the bench during Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca.
Los Blancos returned to the LaLiga summit after coming from behind to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season, while remaining the only team in the big five European leagues with a perfect record still intact.
Federico Valverde’s marvellous individual effort cancelled out Vedat Muqiri’s earlier header, while goals from Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Antonio Rudiger completed the turnaround after the break.
Asensio, who was repeatedly linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu during the transfer window, has played just 17 minutes for Madrid across all competitions this season.
His frustration at the lack of playing time boiled over when he was overlooked by Ancelotti after Dani Carvajal replaced the injured Lucas Vazquez in the 71st minute; the winger throwing his bib to the ground while kicking a water bottle.
When asked about the incident, the Italian said: “We were preparing if we didn’t make it 2-1 to put Mariano and Asensio in. Lucas has been injured, and we only had one window, and I didn’t think about making that change.
“If he is angry, I agree with him. It’s normal, it means you want to play, feel important. In this period, he has been the most affected player in the squad and I take that into account. I totally agree with his anger, nothing happens.”
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