Real Madrid boss Ancelotti happy to see his side return to winning ways

10/3/13 in Soccer   |   SamuelWhale   |   589 respect

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he is satisfied to see his side pick a comfortable win over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday. The Italian tactician believes that a change in attitude in the reason behind Real Madrid’s impressive performance.
 
The former Paris Saint-German boss was critical of side’s performance following last week’s derby defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid. Ancelotti claims his side prepared well for the Bernabeu game, but the road to redemption will be a long one.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria grabbed a brace apiece in the game. Ancelotti claims the Champions League game was an important one for Real Madrid not only because they had a point to prove, but since Los Blancos were in need of strengthening their position in the Champions League.
 
“It was a good match, the start of the match was good, with intensity and a good balance,” Ancelotti said. “Our play was slower after the goal, but in the second half we played with intensity and tried to score until the end. The attitude was good. We changed the attitude and that was good.
 
“We changed [tactics] because the opposing team were very compact. Cristiano and Di Maria played more open to have more chances to cross. The first two goals came from good combination plays and we used the flanks well. {Asier Illarramendi] Illarra, [Sami] Khedira and [Luka] Modric did a good job.”
 
Ancelotti also had words of encouragement and praise for goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who finally returned to action after his injury in the win over Galatasaray last month. The out of favor shot-stopper recorded a brilliant performance against FC Copenhagen, one that will surely trouble Ancelotti in bringing Diego Lopez back in between the sticks.
 
“He played a great match,” Ancelotti added. “At the end he made some great stops and is an institution for everyone here. It is very important that he is in the squad, he is very professional, very focused and really helps his team-mates.”
 
Ancelotti also revealed that there was little hope Gareth Bale returning to action before the international break. Ancelotti claims the Welsh forward is suffering from muscle fatigue which will keep him out of action for the next couple of weeks.
 
“We are not worried, he has not played because of muscle fatigue and it is nothing special,” Ancelotti said. “He is waiting to recover his optimal fitness. He was not at 100% but he will get there because he has 15 days of rest and then will be ready.
 
“He is not happy and that is normal, he wants to play and is eager but it is not a problem. Now we have time to get him into a good physical condition and avoid injuries.”
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