Real Madrid earned a valuable yet dangerous 0-0 result at the Calderón, but things definitely could have been better. Carlo Ancelotti himself knows his team deserved more:
I think we deserved more in the first half, which, it needs to be said, was fantastic. We played really well and with a lot of character. The final score is not that good, but the way we played gives us a lot of confidence for the second leg.
Scoring against one of the best defences in Europe is not easy, but it seems like it gets even tougher for Real Madrid:
It's hard to say why it's so hard for us. There are lots of small details involved. They're one of the best defensive teams in the world. We had lots of great chances because we put in a good offensive performance, but Oblak did a great job. It comes down to small things.
On Marcelo missing the second leg at the Bernabéu and the play that got him booked:
The impact is that Marcelo won't play, so another player needs to step up. I did not see what happened. The ref did a good job calming both teams down.
Dani Carvajal also had an incident with Mario Mandzukic, which might be reviewed by UEFA:
I honestly did not see what happened between them so I can't say anything about it.
Why did he choose Raphäel Varane instead of Pepe?:
That was because Pepe wasn't fully fit. Varane is in great shape, and it's easy for me to trust him. He played a great game.
On how Real Madrid needs to prepare for the game at the Bernabéu:
We need to think about repeating what we did during the first 45 minutes for the whole game. We have a great chance of advancing to the next round at home.
So, does Carletto like the 0-0?:
The 0-0 is the best of the worst results.
On Gareth Bale's one-on-one chance that was brilliantly saved by Oblak:
Oblak played great. He came out pretty quickly and did everything he needed to do, and then made a terrific save.
Finally, on the substitution of Carvajal for Álvaro Arbeloa:
Arbeloa is better in the air than Dani, and Atlético had sent Raúl García in, who is great in the aerial game.