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Ancelotti: “We played well, fought hard and showed character”


NEWS | 04/02/2015 | Javier García

“It was a tough match but we fought until the end and deserved to win”, he added.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press and assessed the win against Sevilla that allows Real Madrid to extend their lead over their nearest rivals in La Liga: “I don't think the league is wrapped up but we got what we wanted. It was a tough game and we played well. We fought hard and showed character. I was happy with the team throughout the game”.

“We had a lot of chances in the second half. Having to hang on for the last few minutes isn't strange because Sevilla are a taller side and it's only normal that we would struggle a bit with dead ball situations. We fought until the end and were deserved winners. Everything went to plan in that sense”.

Players out
“We lost some very important players but I won't rue over that. I have a lot of faith in the others. The Nacho-Varane partnership did extremely well and I have a lot of faith in them. We are going to appeal the Marcelo yellow card because it wasn't a foul. We lose some experienced heads but sometimes an injection of enthusiasm is a good thing. Ramos and Pepe are two of the best players in the world in their position, but I'm not worried”.

“Sergio had a problem in his hamstring but we can't evaluate him right now, we'll have to wait a few days. James had a problem in his right foot, I don't know exactly what it entails but he's certain to miss the derby. Coentrão will be available. He worked with Cristiano this morning and I think he can play”.

It's safe to say Jesé's back. He played really well and scored.

“We saw the same Jesé from last season. He is really motivated and has trained very well. He helped the defence out and put in a very complete performance”.

The Bale move
“That move was fantastic, he accelerated very well and I think he made the right decision by shooting. I don't have to ask him to do anything. He put in a complete performance, played really well and was extremely dangerous”.

The derby
“It is important because the last few matches against them haven't gone very well for us. It is important that we put an end to this bad run of form and do our best to win. It will be a very complicated match but we are confident that we'll be able to change things up for this game. We are not thinking about how much we can extend our lead over Atlético. We are fully motivated because this is the Madrid derby”.

“Balance doesn't depend on one player but on the whole team, the intelligence shown on the pitch as well as the willingness to work together. It is great news and hugely important that Cristiano will be back. We have won two games without him and I'm sure he'll help us in the derby”.

Illarra or Khedira in the Calderón?
“We'll see over the next few days. Illarra didn't start today and is very fresh. He has to be considered. But so too does Khedira, who had a good game today and looked very fresh”.