Sergio Ramos is in the form of his life, according to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Los Blancos have been in superb form in 2014 so far, and began the year with seven clean sheets in a row. After a shaky start to the season, in which the players were getting to know the new manager, Real are currently on a 27-game unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last defeat being the 2-1 reverse at the Nou Camp in October.
And speaking to the press ahead of the Madrid derby on Sunday, Ancelotti said the defensive improvement has coincided with Sergio Ramos experiencing an upturn in form.
“The squad is very able in carrying out defensive work. And we’re seeing the real Sergio Ramos now, not the player from November or December,” he stated.
“You can quickly fix any mistakes and we’ve done that, not just by changing our system but also because the players now understand how important it is to recover possession.
Defensive and offensive balance is the most important thing in football. Defensive work doesn’t require creativity or skill,” the Italian boss added.
Ancelotti also praised young froward Jese Rodriguez, who has risen to prominence this season thanks to some outstanding displays when filling in for the injured Bale or suspended Ronaldo.
The manager said: “Jese is scoring goals and setting up his team-mates. We’re very lucky to have him here. He is a very focused player and he works hard. Could Jese go to the World Cup? Well, it was a big surprise when Paolo Rossi was called for Italy in 1982, so who knows?”