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Ancelotti: “A game like that was needed, with that kind of attitude and performance”

NEWS | 18/02/2015

“Ronaldo played well. He scored and provided an assist”, pronounced the Italian.
Carlo Ancelotti assessed Real Madrid's first leg win against Schalke 04 in the Champions League round of 16: “We needed to play like that, with that kind of attitude and performance. And everything worked out well in the end. The team were serious and efficient and the opposition were pegged back from the get go. Once we got the first goal, we controlled the game”.

“It was a good match. We started well, with a good game plan, trying to utilise the wings because Marcelo and Caravajal provided us with more space. Following that, we tried to attack deep with our three forwards. We were patient during the first half in our search for a goal, and once that came we controlled the match. We were only in trouble on one occasion”.

Pepe's return
“He is a player with lots of experience, character and an ability to control the back line. His presence in today's match against Schalke 04 was hugely important”.

Cristiano Ronaldo was born to score goals.

"Cristiano played well. He scored and provided an assist. He's back. The team does not panic when Cristiano fails to score in one or two games. Everyone knows that if he doesn't score in one or two games, he will in the next match”.

Marcelo's goal celebration
“There was nothing particularly special about it. The only reason it surprised me is because I'm not used to seeing him score with his right. I was so surprised by that goal that I didn't make my way onto the pitch”.

Lucas Silva's first start
“I went with him because he had fresher legs, having barely played on Sunday. His fitness has improved. He imposed order and showed his personality on the pitch. He kept things very simple and had good ideas. His personality has surprised me. It is not easy playing for Real Madrid for the first time at 22 years of age”.

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