Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said the team did well after Fabio Coentro received an ‘incomprehensible’ red card against Espanyol.
Leading 2-0 at half time, Real were reduced to 10-men early in the second half after the Portuguese clashed with Jose Canas. Despite the setback, Los Blancos continued to press and scored a third goal through Nacho towards the end to secure the points and get back to winning ways after two recent defeats.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Ancelotti said he was pleased with the response from his players.
“The sending-off of Coentrão is an incomprehensible decision. It made the match more difficult for us but the team was in good mental shape and we dealt with it well,” he stated.
He then went on to switch his attention to the Copa del Rey tie this week against Atletico de Madrid – which Real go into 2-0 down after the first game.
“We have time to prepare for the match well. We’ll field our best team, because we’re going to try to turn the tie around and do everything we can to reach the quarter-finals. Everyone is waiting for this game, but right now we have to be calm. We’re going to prepare for it, and playing at home is going to help us,” Ancelotti commented.
He also wanted to set the record straight about the relationship between Ronaldo and Gareth Bale after the Portuguese seemed upset at one point that Bale went to shoot rather than pass to him.
“We shouldn’t start a fuss over these things. It’s a moment in football of the sort that happen often. The relationship between the players, not just between those two, is very good and the team has always shown that. We work with the same aim of taking Real Madrid as high as possible, and I don’t think it’s fair to carry on talking about this subject,” he said.