Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said he was delighted with the way his team responded to recent setbacks by beating Basel 5-1 in the Champions League group match at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos began their defence of their European title in rampant fashion with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez all getting on the scoresheet.
And speaking to the press after the game, the Italian boss said he was pleased with what he has seen. “It was an easy game. We began really well in the opening 30 minutes, we pressed them high up the pitch and we were very fast in attack. We scored and tried to control the game,” he stated.
Referring to recent setbacks in La Liga, especially the loss at home to Atletico de Madrid at the weekend, he said: “The team’s reaction today was good. We played with intensity, we pressured them high up the pitch and moved quickly up front. Obviously not all the problems have been solved, but I liked the team’s reaction.”
Ancelotto revealed to journalists that even he had nerves before the game. “Everyone gets nervous, including the players. It’s normal. When you lose the derby it is normal to be nervous. I am not used to losing two games on the bounce with Real Madrid. It is good not to get used to that.”