Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his side's performance against Shakhtar Donetsk in Kiev, especially the three players in the middle of the park, with the Italian saying he could only shoot them his hat. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro led the game in the middle of the park and gave Los Blancos the platform to dominate and go wild.
All three of them won it all and they still have that ambition and that commitment, said Ancelotti. You can only applaud them. You can't say anything else. Karim Benzema is another veteran who delivered an excellent performance, while the return of first-choice left-back Ferland Mendy was also a boost. Karim has more leadership now, like Modric, Casemiro and Kroos, Ancelotti said.
Now I like it a little more than before. Mendys comeback is also important to us. He played 65 good minutes. Real Madrid scored five goals against Shakhtar and Vinicus Junior played an important role in three of them, scoring two good goals and preparing Rodrygo Goes to enter the scoreboard.
It's difficult to pick a player today, we were good from the start, said Ancelotti. We knew their danger on the clock. The result gives us confidence but Barcelona are a different game, a different story. Vinicius has improved a lot. He's scoring goals and he's getting more action in front of goal. He looks very fresh.
Vinicius' compatriot Rodrygo also had a good game and, while not usually a starter, could enter the coaches with El Clasico in mind. Rodrygo did his job in the game, Ancelotti said. I really enjoyed his work on defense and on the block. I don't know if the hell starts against Barcelona, but when you play like that it's hard to change things.
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