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Real Madrid coach Ancelotti explains the difficult game in Bulgaria

October 1, 2014 by  
Filed under UEFA Champions League

Champions League day 2 – Ludogorets 1-2 Real Madrid

Coach Ancelotti reacts:

“It was a good match, although we had a hard time when we conceded the goal at the start.”

“In general I’m very happy because we deserved to win, since we had a lot of chances to score. It was a good match. We had a hard time when we conceded the goal at the start, but we pressed up front, won back a lot of balls with our pressing and had a lot of chances.”

Goals conceded from dead balls
“Their goal is very similar to the ones we conceded against Atlético and Real Sociedad. We have to cover the near post more. Today our best headers of the ball were out there to cover the near post, like Ronaldo or Bale, but we conceded a goal again.”

“Ludogorets showed the attitude that I expected: dynamic play and intensity, like they showed at Anfield.”

System of play
“We played a 4-4-2 because Bale put in a lot of work further back and Isco played on the left wing. It has to be taken into consideration that we have to take risks with counter-attacks, but in the end Iker only made one save.”

Changes to the line-up
“They were made so as to rest players who have played a lot, like Kroos, James or Karim, and to have the whole squad motivated.”

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