Ancelotti calls Real Madrid's Spain stars

The Italian revealed he had telephoned members of his squad who were left reeling following their shock World Cup exit at the hands of Chile
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti telephoned the club's Spanish contingent to cheer them up following their shock exit from the World Cup.

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The holders became the first team to be eliminated in the group stage of this year’s tournament – and only the fifth defending champions to fall at this hurdle – following back-to-back defeats against Holland (5-1) and Chile (2-0).

Three Madrid players - Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso - featured in Spain’s games in Brazil, and Ancelotti revealed he had already been in touch with his players.

“When it comes to that analysis, it is obvious that Spain’s elimination on the first leg is one of the biggest surprises,” Ancelotti's official website read.

“Carlo Ancelotti, who knows that these kind of eliminations are always difficult to digest, wanted to be near his Real Madrid players and he sent them a few encouraging words in a phone conversation after their defeat to Chile.

“It was a cheering up message to help them stand up again in a difficult moment of their career.”

With Holland and Chile already having reached the knockout stages of the World Cup, Spain will look to restore some pride when they take on Australia on June 23.