Wednesday, 18th September, 2013
Carlo Ancelotti believes that Real Madrid will gain vital confidence from the club’s 6-1 thrashing of Galatasaray in their Champions League opener at the Turk Telekom Arena last night.
Talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick, with Karim Benzema bagging a brace and Isco scoring a solitary goal in Los Blancos’ comprehensive victory over their Turkish opponents, who grabbed a late consolation goal through Umut Bulut.
And Ancelotti was delighted with the result as he feels that winning at Galatasaray’s home ground is never an easy proposition.
The manager also stated that the 6-1 scoreline in favour of his side does not reflect the true nature of the match as the Turkish outfit put in a good first-half performance.
“The match was good and the result is fantastic. After Isco’s goal the match was straightforward. We defended well and then with the counterattack when Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have a good night, it is very easy”, Ancelotti explained to his club’s official site.
“Winning at this ground is not easy, there is a lot of pressure, and it is good to improve our confidence, personality and character.
"The result does not reflect the match. It was difficult and in my opinion the Galatasaray had a great first half. We struggled, but after Isco’s goal it was easier, we had more opportunities to counter-attack.
“I think we started the match with a bit of a lack of confidence and did not show the right attitude to be able to control the play.
“We controlled things at the back and Galatasaray pressured well. But it is normal; it was the first Champions League match in a very tough stadium to play in. It was important to win the first match.”