Liga BBVA – Real Madrid 3-1 FC Barcelona (1-1 at halftime)
This is the first defeat conceded by FC Barcelona and the first goals allowed by the blaugrana.
Real Madrid coach Ancelotti
“I’m satisfied with these players because of the unique amount of dedication and professionalism they put into their work. They are able to concentrate, they follow instructions and the playing philosophy. It is difficult to compare them to other teams, but I think this is a very serious squad”.
To beat Barcelona in the way we have, we need everyone to work hard. It’s difficult to say who the best was, everyone played to a very high level. It wasn’t easy to recover with just two and a half days after the Liverpool game. That means we are in very good physical shape. Today we can talk about Benzema, just as we can talk about all the players”.
“The defensive problems have nothing to do with quality, but rather sacrifice, eagerness to run and work together. I have very serious and professional players who know what it means to work for Real Madrid and make sacrifices for the team”.
“We’re in very good form, I don’t know if I’ve found the perfect formula or not. In the coming games there will be difficult moments and if we lose a match it doesn’t mean that we’ve lost the formula. The physical aspect is very important and we are playing at a very high tempo. We’re also in good mental shape”.
“We still have the same idea as last year. We’re trying to improve our play and everything is coming off well. The team is used to playing this way and I know that we can play like this”. We have reduced the points gap in the table, which was our objective and we’re all really satisfied”.