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The defeat in theSupercopa de Espana final hurt Real Madridgiven how inferior they were toBarcelona.

It was not an entirely unexpected loss given how the team arrived for the four-club tournament in Saudi Arabia, as acknowledged by Carlo Ancelotti in the post-Clasico press conference in Riyadh. This self-criticism has also been made in private, both by the coaching staff and the players.

Ancelotti and his staff admit the pain and hurtthat came with Sundays 3-1 loss to their arch-rivals, and that to bounce back from it requires unity and more work. There are concerns about the teams dynamic and physical condition, and it was also discussed how demanding the upcoming fixture schedule will be.

With the Club World Cup being held in February,Real Madridcould play up to 12 matches from now until the end of next month (however, some of these fixtures may be moved). Their semi-final in Morocco is on February 8, with the final or third-place play-off three days later.

Madrid themselves highlighted the upcoming fixture congestion on their website on Monday, giving prominence to the situation with a piece titled The calendar until the Club World Cup.

Real Madrid will play at least five games before the Club World Cup, it was remarked.

Ancelotti believes improvements are needed in all areas of the pitch, with the exception of goalkeeper. The most necessary aim is to regain defensive solidity; from there, they will look to rebuild.

However, there will remain a focus on the forward line:Karim Benzemais back, and has scored five times since theWorld Cupbreak, but more goals are required fromVinicius JuniorRodrygoMarco Asensioand evenFederico Valverde, givenEden Hazardand Mariano are not considered parts of the first-team squad. Between them, only Benzema and Rodrygo (one, against third-tier Cacereno) have scored in the five matches the club have played after the World Cup.

Another of the elements analysed is the impact of the absence of midfielderAurelien Tchouameniwho stayed in Madrid with a calf injury instead of travelling to Riyadh. Although the performances ofToni Kroosin that position are greatly valued, the team function best with a pure defensive pivot and lack a vital balance both in defence and attack when Tchouameni is out.

The coaches recognise certain limitations in the squad, and it should be noted that there were already weaknesses at the time of Ancelottis return to the Bernabeu for a second spell as coach in the summer of 2021.

Since then, the transfer strategy has stuck to a considered plan; understanding the priorities and, at times, the reticence of the board. This will not change this month the plan remains that there will be no signings in the current window. The squad is valued and this group of players are absolutely capable of a resurgence in form to retain theLa Ligatitle.

You only need to look at last season, where these limitations were also evident. Of course, everything went rather well as Real completed the La Liga andChampions Leaguedouble thanks to talent, effort and the bond between everyone at the club. But All this did was cover up the real situation, a source, speaking under anonymity to protect their position at Madrid, tellsThe Athletic.

This is a thought also shared by the players, who are aware they are not performing at the desired level. The unfortunate issue now is that there is hardly any time to review and work on issues.

Their next game comes on Thursday in theCopa del Reyaway toVillarreal where they lost 2-1 in La Liga only 10 days ago.

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Mario CorteganaSantos is a Football Writer for The Athletic covering Real Madrid. He has followed Los Blancos since 2019 at Diario AS, and MARCA. He usually appears on Gol TV and is a main collaborator in the YouTube show The Four Amigos Podcast. He has covered the EURO 2020 and Qatar 2022.Follow Mario on Twitter@MarioCortegana