Real Madrid’s commanding 2-0 win against Chelsea pleased Carlo Ancelotti, but he emphasized the importance of being prepared to “fight and sacrifice” in the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
It appears that Madrid will advance to the Champions League semi-finals for the third consecutive season as they easily defeated Frank Lampard’s out-of-form side at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored goals on either side of Ben Chilwell’s red card, concluding a dominant performance from the reigning champions. They will visit London for the return match next week.
Ancelotti warns his player about the second leg
Chelsea’s goalless streak in all competitions extends to four games following the defeat. Despite this, Ancelotti remains resolute that Los Blancos will have to put in hard work to complete the task in the second leg.
Ancelotti said: “I know football really well and my players understand that we have another 90 minutes to play, and it will be difficult, and we have to be ready.
“We took advantage of this game by winning 2-0, but it’s not over yet.” Chelsea is a good team with good players, and we have to fight and sacrifice at Stamford Bridge. This is absolutely normal – it’s a quarter-final of the Champions League.
“The Game was satisfying. We played well, and now we are focusing on the next game.”
Asked if not finding another goal was a failure for Madrid, Ancelotti replied: “When we were against 10 men, they put a low block, and it was not easy to find solutions.
“I think we spent a lot of energy in the game trying to press high, and so at the end, we were not so fresh to try to find another goal, but the result and the performance was good.”