Real Madrid 5-1 Elche – Coach Ancelotti reacts:

On Cristiano:

“He doesn’t like playing with his back to goal, he wants to look for spaces on the wing to be facing goal. The movements he makes are very quick and that’s why they come as a surprise. He is always in just the right position because he has a unique gift for movement.”

“He needed a period of time in which to work; he has done that with the discipline and professionalism that he has. He’s in very good physical shape, he’s motivated and he’s scoring a lot of goals.”

“The team played well, with greater balance, control and consistency. We reacted well after conceding. It isn’t a question of the system; it’s the work that everyone puts in. The team is in much better physical shape than against Atlético.”

“As you improve physically, it’s easier to have balance. We try to defend in a 4-4-2 and attack with a different system, so as to get good use out of the characteristics of our attackers.”

“Rotating is important because that way we have everyone motivated. There are a lot of matches and it’s normal to rotate in order to avoid problems. Today, Benzema and Modric were rested and they will play on Saturday.”

“We have young players with a lot of quality, they brought enthusiasm last year and they’re doing the same now. It isn’t easy to not play so much and be ready when the coach calls on you. It shows the health of the squad.”

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