“It wasn’t easy to win here; we’re very happy and we keep on fighting”, said the Italian.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media post-match at the Sánchez Pizjuán, analysing a crucial victory for the Whites’ title aspirations and discussing Cristiano’s fantastic performance: “It’s an important win, because it allows us to keep fighting for La Liga and will give us confidence for Tuesday because of the way we played. Cristiano was the star for a team that were given a really tough game and played well”.
“It was a very complete match by both teams. We played against very solid opponents who had a support that got right behind them. It wasn’t easy to win, we’re very happy and we keep on fighting. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that no-one had won here”.
“I don’t think it was a gift from him. He fielded a team that played very well, with fighting spirit and intensity. They went down to 10 men because of an injury, we took advantage of that, but I don’t think it was a gift because they were a solid team”.
We played against a very solid Sevilla side who had a support that got right behind them.
“I’m very satisfied. Hope is the last thing that you lose. We have to remain hopeful until the end and do our job, which is to win all three games”.
Benzema and Bale
“We’ll see with Benzema in the coming two days. Bale played well for 30 minutes without any problems. He’s a very important player that we’ve got back, and we’ll see if we can get Karim back too”.
“He’s used to playing in this position. He has so much experience, quality and personality that he can player anywhere. I want to underline the fact that he does it for the team. He can play better at the back, where he’s more used to playing, but he does it for the team and that has to be underlined”.
“They’re a top team and it’s normal for them to win. They’re in very good form and they are very effective up front. I’m not surprised at them winning by that margin. It’s better to win eight games 1-0 than one 8-0”.
Defeats in La Liga
“There isn’t much point in looking back. We’ll do that at the end of the season. It’s true that we’ve dropped some points. In the period without Modric, James, Ramos… we dropped points. In that period we suffered a bit”.