Real Madrid coach Ancelotti blames plastic pitch for Copa stalemate

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti blamed the artificial turf for their Copa del Rey stalemate at Olímpic Xàtiva.

Real will take a 0-0 draw to the Santiago Bernabeu for the second-leg.

"It is true that the artificial turf did not help us because we are not used to playing on it. We struggled in possession, but I think we had three clear chances to score. We did not have a good match but it was not a bad one," said Ancelotti.

"The match was difficult. There were a lot of throw-ins and a lot of long balls, and we tried to play. But it was not easy on this field. It was a difficult match."

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