The Italian coach has admitted that his side's 4-2 defeat in San Sebastian has made him realise that he will have to completely change his tactics to succeed in future
The European champions raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening 11 minutes of their Liga trip to San Sebastian, with Sergio Ramos opening the scoring before Gareth Bale doubled the visitors' advantage.
However, Sociedad came storming back to win 4-2, leaving Ancelotti re-evaluating his tactical approach for the 2014-15 campaign.
"We must start again from zero," the Italian coach confessed during a Uefa coaching conference in Nyon.
"Something will have to change. We need to try something new. But I have faith in the fact that we can come back well after this defeat."
Madrid strengthened their squad with the additions of Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas this summer but the decision to sell Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, two key protagonists in last season's Champions League success, has been questioned by many, including star player Cristiano Ronaldo.