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Carlo Ancelotti has apologized for Real Madrid’s shock 4-0 capitulation to Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu, admitting: “Everything went wrong.”

Madrid, who still hold a nine-point lead over La Liga second-placed Sevilla, were mauled by a resurgent Barcelona as Xavi’s first glimpse of this La Liga clash as manager ended in a glorious triumph for visitors.

Barcelona are far from chasing the league title this season, but it was a fifth straight win in the competition, and in four of those games they scored four goals. They are now third and pushing to finish second.

Since his appointment in November, Xavi’s Barcelona have taken 37 points in 16 La Liga games, while Madrid have 39 in 17 outings.

These arch-rivals will face off again in the second half of the season, and it’s no wonder Madrid are keen to sign Kylian Mbappe to bolster their ranks for the next term, given that momentum is suddenly all at Barcelona. .

Ancelotti has pushed Luka Modric into a more attacking role, the 36-year-old midfielder deployed as a false nine in the absence of a proper number nine in Karim Benzema, who is injured and sorely missed.

The head coach said it was aimed at gaining control of the ball and looking to press high, with Modric ready to bring the others into the game.

“And it didn’t work out,” Ancelotti said. “When they advanced we lost control. They hurt us. It was not a good night, we are sorry for the fans, but we have to look forward. We have an advantage, we have to rest and come back.

“I tried to push and it didn’t come off, my fault. It’s tough because it’s a Clasico, we’re really sorry, it’s a tough blow, we lost a battle, but “We have an advantage, we have to be calm, calm and recover. We don’t have to make a drama out of this game. We’re sorry. Everything went wrong, we have to forget about it and look forward.

With four defeats in six editions of El Clasico as a coach, Ancelotti struggled to manage this game.

“I failed in this game, but I don’t care much about it,” he said.

This is Ancelotti’s second stint in charge of Los Blancos, having been lured away from Everton before this season. His Madrid side won 2-1 at Camp Nou in October, before Xavi arrived, then beat Barcelona 3-2 after extra time in the Supercopa semi-finals in January.

Former Barca playmaker Xavi has increasingly brought serenity to business at a club where there was considerable chaos earlier in the campaign.

It will now be up to Ancelotti to ensure Madrid aren’t scarred by a defeat in which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tore the hosts to shreds, scoring twice and setting up another goal for Ferran Torres. Ronald Araujo also beat Thibaut Courtois, whose goal was peppered with shots as Madrid defended terribly.

Xavi became the third Barcelona manager to win their first LaLiga Clasico by four or more goals, after Ferdinand Daucik in 1951 (7-2) and Helenio Herrera in 1959 (4-0).

Ancelotti is optimistic that the Madrid fans will allow him and the team a blow, even of such magnitude, against the club’s biggest foes.

“They understood that it was not a good evening,” Ancelotti said. “We don’t know what will happen in the coming months. We can recover and win the next game. I don’t think it will affect the team.”