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Carlo Ancelotti: "We didn't play to our usual level"

A win is a win is a win, but even Carlo Ancelotti knows this was a lot uglier than usual. However, this win helped tie a great record and the Italian coach still valued his team's hard work.

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The Italian coach spoke to the media after the 0-1 against Basel, equalling the record of straight wins, set by Miguel Muñoz and José Mourinho. First, he talked about this being an unusually bad performance by Real Madrid:

We didn't play to our usual level because we were slower than normal. After the goal we controlled the game and were willing to work hard on defence. Every player worked hard and that's why we won. We struggled more in the second half. Basel played with a lot of intensity. At this point of the season it's normal to not always be at your best but we were able to win this one easily, and that's always a good thing.

About Basel:

They played with a lot of intensity and threatened us on the counter attack. We defended that well but we we're unlucky finishing our own counters. In the end, we got a win, and that's the most important thing.

On equalling the record of straight wins:

I'm very happy. Everything we can do to make history at this fantastic club is good. They players deserve the credits. They are having a fantastic season.

More about the opponent:

Basel played with a different spirit and a different system. They played with a lot of intensity, attacking a lot more and pressing up front.

On Keylor Navas starting:

He played well, he had a quiet night. He didn't have many chances to show his quality because the defence was so good. He looked very confident to me with all his saves.

Finally, he shared his thoughts on the upcoming Liverpool vs Basel game:

I think Basel are the better team at the moment. They are in great shape and are well organised on the pitch. That game in Anfield won't be easy for either team, but Basel might have a slight advantage.

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