We have to win to stay top, says Carlo Ancelotti

We have to win to stay top, says Carlo Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti says he isn’t concerned about setting a new record for the number of consecutive wins but wants Los Blancos to beat Malaga to stay top of the league.

The 10-time Champions League winners face the Andalucian side later today and a victory would mean 16 on the trot for the team, breaking the previous record of 15 held by Miguel Munoz’ side in 1961 and Jose Mourinho’s three years ago.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Ancelotti said what’s more important than setting win records is staying top of the table, with Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid breathing down their necks. And he admitted a trip to Malaga is never easy.

“It’s going to be a very difficult match, because we’re up against a team that are having a fantastic season and are in very good shape. Before the defeat to Atlético, they won five matches in a row. We really have to be on our guard and if we want to win we need to be on top form,” he told reporters.

And he added: “Our style doesn’t change whether we’re away or at home, and we don’t talk about the possibility of setting a new record for wins. We only try to prepare each game and think about our opponent. It’s going to be a difficult match and we need to perform well. We have to keep the run going to continue as leaders.”