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Ancelotti: “Ramos always plays at the highest level when the match is important”

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The former Real Madrid coach praised the captain.

Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Denis Doyle - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Former Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has talked to Sky Sports about the success he had during his two seasons in the club, where he won La Decima and a Copa del Rey title. He praised Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, a instrumental defender during the 2013-14 season with his two goals in the Semifinals against Bayern and the legendary equalizer against Atletico in the Final in Lisbon.

“You don’t have to give much defensive feedback to players like Cristiano Ronaldo, who are capable of scoring every single game. Sergio Ramos also has a fantastic skill set. His best quality might not be his technique or his tactical awareness but his character, personality and ability to motivate the players around him. He was a crucial player during those two years, he always plays at the highest level when the match is important,” said Ancelotti.

The Italian coach also explained why he joined Real Madrid.

“I think you have to coach Real Madrid. I spent two years there and it was an unforgettable experience because they’re the world’s biggest club because of the image they have outside of Spain,” he said.

Ancelotti also had more words to say about La Decima, a turning point in Madrid’s history.

“When I joined the team had had some issues. They hadn’t won a single Champions League title in 12 years because it was like a true obsession to them, they were used to winning lots of them. I was lucky enough to win it on my first season,” concluded Ancelotti.