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Press Conference: Ancelotti Looks Ahead, Jese Sees Room For Improvement

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Having secured qualification to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, Carlo Ancelotti used his press conference to look ahead and take Fabio Coentrao under his protection.

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It's been a good week for Madrid; the club gained on its two rivals in the league and made it to the next round of the domestic cup. The coach himself was pleased with the performance in particular, noting that Osasuna pressured Madrid in the early stages of the match and were able to play with some intensity until Cristiano Ronaldo's goal prematurely ended tie.

Carlo Ancelotti:

"The most difficult part [of the season] is coming up and every match will be very important. We don't always play fantastic football. We have a lot of matches coming up and to play well in every one of them is not easy, but the team is focused, working hard and keen to do well"

The coach also confirmed that Morata was not badly hurt and offered support to Fabio Coentrao, who was sent off in this match and who is rumoured to be a transfer target for Manchester United.

"It was an unlucky sending off. He played very well offensively and defensively. He is really focused and is important for us. He didn’t make mistakes after a long time without playing and we have to appreciate how he played"

Ancelotti's opinion that the team can continue to improve (though it is getting results) was echoed by Jese, who set up the second goal.

"I can see the team getting better; we're on a great run. The team can give much more. I’m am sure that we will play better matches and we have to keep going like this."

A humorous detail: Jese was rather more chatty than his coach about Alvaro Morata's injury, informing his interviewer that "he vomited and felt dizzy!". The player himself has put with some mild teasing; Iker Casillas posted a picture of his impressive black eye on his official Instagram account (at the link) captioned with: "Animo @alvaromorata !! "Rocky" se llevo lo suyo!!"