Carlo Ancelotti admitted that "everything came off" for Real Madrid as the Spanish La Liga leader crushed Schalke 04, 6-1, in Gelsenkirchen in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg on Wednesday. Real romped thanks to a trio of braces from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and 2013 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I'm satisfied with everything because that was the perfect game,” the Real Madrid coach said. “My players played with togetherness and they played well. Everything came off for us. The [front three] all scored and were great but they also had help from their teammates. Our attacking trio are very dangerous.”
The Italian tactician added that Wednesday’s performance was the perfect dress rehearsal for Sunday’s crucial Madrid derby at third-place Atletico in the Spanish league. “I hope to repeat tonight's performance in the derby on Sunday. There might be changes to the side for that game but it's hard to change things when you play like we did tonight.”
Jens Keller, Ancelotti’s opposite number, lamented his team’s naïve defending. “We made too many basic errors. We had a good start to the game, playing bravely up the field -- then we conceded the opener,” the Schalke boss said, adding: “We knew Real would use the space we would give them after they scored the opener and they simply punished us almost every time we made a mistake. We are a young team who still have lots to learn at this level. In future we have to show more determination in certain situations.” Read the original story...