CL: Real Madrid coach Ancelotti content to extend winning streak
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted at seeing his side extend their winning run to an incredible 19 games with a simple 4-0 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League
Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted at seeing his side extend their winning run to an incredible 19 games with a simple 4-0 win over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League.
It was downhill all the way for Ludogorets after midfielder Marcelino was sent off 20 minutes into the game and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty to leave his side 1-0 up with 70 minutes to play against just 10 men, reports Xinhua.
"It's a good night for us," admitted Ancelotti after winning Tuesday.
"The team has achieved the record by being professional. It's not easy to prepare for games like this with motivation and desire, but we will keep on trying to prepare for the games in the best way possible."
He praised squad players Nacho Gonzalez and Asier Illaramendi.
"He's ready to take control, he is solid, he gives precise passes and he's growing in confidence," he said of Illaramendi.
Real Madrid have been linked with a January move to strengthen their midfield with Brazilian Lucas Silva being mentioned along with German Christoph Kramer.
"I can't speak about players who aren't at Madrid and all I will say is that he (Kramer) is a player I like a lot, but I like a lot of midfielders," said Ancelotti.
Real Madrid's next game is the La Liga fixture away to Almeria Friday before they fly to Morocco to take part in the World Club Championship.
Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid also reached the last 16 of the competition as group winners following a 0-0 draw away to Juventus in Turin.