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Ancelotti: “The key to record is that I am fortunate enough to train a fantastic team"


NEWS | 29/11/2014 | Javier García (Málaga) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero

“I have a deep admiration for these players", he added
Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the press room of La Rosaleda after his team's win: "This is like a dream, but it is reality. We are very happy with this run of form and it will hopefully continue. People will give me the credit for this, but the key to the record is that I am fortunate to coach a fantastic team, fantastic players and work at a fantastic club. I have deep admiration for these players and we have to continue like this because it is a very long season".

"I am slightly surprised with some of the players' attitude towards their defensive duties, for example James, Isco, and Bale..The team is compact and work hard. As I have said a number of times, defending is simply a question of attitude. We have to keep working. The past is the past and we have to look forward. We are in a lot of competitions and we want to compete in them all".

Benzema and Isco's sending off
"Benzema took a knock to the leg and was in a bit of discomfort. That is why I took him off. I think they will rescind Isco's card because he clearly touched the ball. There is a lot of love for Isco here, but at the movement he is loved all over Spain and he deserves it".

Cristiano Ronaldo played fantastically and had a key role in the victory.

“What Cristiano Ronaldo did today is quite strange because he always scores and today he provided two assists. He played fantastically and had a key role in this historic victory".

The club statement
“Cristiano Ronaldo didn't need it, but the club needed to clarify everybody's position, especially that of the UEFA president”.

“They fought hard. They defended well and played long balls into Santa Cruz. They are a young team, with a lot of quality and a bright future”.

Jesé and his possible debut on Tuesday
“We are assessing the situation. It depends whether he feels comfortable. In training he has shown that he can play. He may not start, however I might give him a run out or he might need another week. It depends how he gets on over the next few days".