Carlo Ancelotti lauded his Real Madrid side’s “spectacular” attitude as they secured a 2-0 victory over Cadiz in LaLiga.
On Saturday, Los Blancos dominated the game at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla and recorded 35 attempts, the most by any team in a LaLiga match this season.
After 72 minutes of play, Madrid finally took the lead thanks to Nacho’s brilliant finish. Four minutes later, Marco Asensio provided some breathing space by scoring another goal.
Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea, Ancelotti decided not to risk Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos due to muscle strains.
Meanwhile, the coach brought Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga off the bench during the game.
Real Madrid rest some of their players for the Chelsea clash
Dani Carvajal and David Alaba were available as substitutes but remained unused. Madrid used this match to prepare for the game at Stamford Bridge, where they will start with a 2-0 aggregate lead.
Furthermore, they were able to cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to 10 points.
Ancelotti told reporters: “The biggest impression for me is how the team played. It was a match well played, at an important point of the season.
“It wasn’t easy preparing for it, but the players’ attitude was spectacular.”
Despite having nine shots and hitting the crossbar from close range in the first half, Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema failed to score. However, Ancelotti was impressed with the striker’s contribution.
The Italian added: “I saw him look so well, so fresh. I told him, ‘I’ll put you in [the team] and I’ll take you off when you get tired’.
“I was a little sad because he didn’t score, but it was a pleasure to see him. It was difficult to remove him because I wanted to enjoy watching him.”
Ancelotti also confirmed that Vinicius and Toni Kroos will not have any problem for their trip to London. He said: “They are here to play, they have already trained today and they will be at their best for Tuesday.”