Liverpool - Real Madrid

Ancelotti: “We go into the Clásico in great shape"

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NEWS | 22/10/2014 | Alberto Navarro (Liverpool)

"This is an important victory because we put in a very good footballing display," said the Italian.
After Real Madrid's comprehensive win at Anfield, Ancelotti was full of praise for the efforts of his players and offered a positive assessment of the state of his team: “We're in good form and in good shape: focused and playing really well. We go into the Clásico in great shape and Barcelona also go into the match in ideal condition."

“It's a very important win because we put in a very good footballing display in a really special atmosphere and against a team that did everything it could to cause us problems."

Cristiano Ronaldo substitution
“It wasn't agreed on earlier, but we did it to avoid problems. I didn't ask him before taking him off. I didn't need to. It's impossible to ask a player when he's on the pitch. Now we all have to do everything we can to recover from this match."

Cristiano worked really hard, he sprinted a number of times and I preferred to take him off to avoid risks.

"I don't know if we're in a winning cycle. What I can say is that we have a very competitive squad and this competition brought us a lot of happiness last year. We're fighting to try to achieve the same this year, but we know that it isn't easy. We're full of enthusiasm."

Liverpool approach
“I think that at the start the roles played by Sterling and Balotelli created danger for us. I really liked Sterling's play between the lines and he impressed me. After we scored three goals they became a bit frustrated and their mentality was affected. Their heads dropped a little bit."