clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ancelotti: "Cristiano is back"

The boss was pleased following Los Blancos' clean win.

Lars Baron/Getty Images

Amid some loud whispers of crisis lately from the fans and media, Carlo was content with what he saw from his guys today.

[I'm] happy as it's never easy. After what's happened in La Liga we needed to play a game like this with good attitude and good play.

On the flow of the game:

Not a very high intensity game as Schalke sat back. After first goal we had good control, and were able to take our opportunity. We started well, with a good game plan, trying to utilise the wings because Marcelo and Caravajal provided us with more space.

On Pepe's return to the starting lineup and what he means to the team.

Pepe is a player with lots of experience, character and an ability to control the back line. His presence in today's match against Schalke 04 was hugely important.

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit a slump in his season and it was pretty apparent but Ancelotti didn't seem to have any issues with the way he rebounded today.

Cristiano played well, he scored and gave an assist. He is back.

On Marcelo's vital screamer late in the game which likely will end up as the key goal which will allow Real Madrid to progress to the next round:

It is not usual to see him shoot with right foot. That was a surprise.

Marcelo also chimed in with his thoughts.

In the Champions League, anything can happen. We have humility and we still have to work to make it through this round. We fought hard tonight and Schalke are a great team. The two goal cushion is a great advantage but nothing is sealed yet.

And his reasoning for his fun goal celebration:

I dedicate it to my niece, I wanted to celebrate it with the mister, with the staff, with Karim Benzema, with Keylor Navas, with everyone, because we are a family and we are proving it.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Managing Madrid Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Real Madrid news from Managing Madrid