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Former Real Madrid Striker Tells Carlo Ancelotti: Nobody Is Indispensable

Real have struggled for form during their first few games this season.

Real Madrid legend Santillana has warned manager Carlo Ancelotti that he can’t afford to keep losing matches even though he won the Champions League last season, Goal.com reports.

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Los Blancos have struggled during the opening weeks of the new season, losing three out of their last four games, including the Spanish Super Cup 2nd leg to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

Santilliana, who scored 290 goals for the Spanish giants between 1971 and 1988, believes Ancelotti has the squad at his disposal to turn around Real’s poor form but warned that no manager is safe if results don’t go well.

“Ancelotti has a tremendous squad,” the 62-year-old told Goal. “Even though Madrid may miss Alonso and Di Maria, there is sufficient quality in that squad for the coach to work with. He needs to be patient, find a way of putting the players in the positions which best suit the team and build a compact side.

“I hope he can turn it around, but nobody is indispensable at Real Madrid.”

Santillana was also critical of his former club’s transfer policy, which has come in for criticism in recent weeks following the departures of Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso.

“We all know about the strategy of [Madrid president] Florentino Perez,” he said. “He wants to bring in the best players in the world and there’s a lot of marketing involved. They are great players, but that’s not always a guarantee of success. You could recruit all of the best architects, but that wouldn’t mean they would necessarily construct better buildings.”

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