Carlo Ancelotti: Everything went to plan

Carlo Ancelotti: Everything went to plan


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said he was delighted with the team’s third win in a week and they’ll go into the Champions League tie with Atletico de Madrid full of confidence.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Chicharito and Jese Rodriguez gave Los Blancos a 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday afternoon. It follows recent wins over Granada and Rayo Vallecano. The three points, combined with Barcelona’s draw with Sevilla later on in the evening, means Real are just two points behind the Catalans in the title race with seven games remaining.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Ancelotti said he was pleased with the win as well as the fact that some of the fringe players got some valuable game time.

“The players who hadn’t had much playing time before now did well, especially Chicharito, who got an important goal. Then there was Jesé as well. We didn’t strain ourselves too much for this game, but everything went to plan,” he said.

Looking ahead to the tie against Atletico, the Italian said the team is motivated to avenge their 4-0 humiliation a couple of months ago.

“Our last result against Atlético gives us extra motivation. This will be a different game, a tough one, as it always is against Atlético. We head into this fixture in good form, we are motivated and we are going to give it our all.

“We have no doubt that this will be an intense game. That is a huge factor for this match, but there will also be other things we will need to make use of. I have a clear plan for Tuesday, all that’s lacking now is the result.”

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