Liverpool defended resolutely but Real Madrid played with patience to book their ticket for the second round of Champions League and coach Carlo Ancelotti was happy with the performance of his players. The Italian boss also said that Ronaldo is destined to become the highest goal scorer in the history of the tournament.
Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the match in the first half but Real Madrid dominated the game from start to end as they created 26 chances. Ronaldo missed the opportunity of breaking the record of Raul but coach Ancelotti said that the Portuguese superstar is destined to break this record one day.
“I’m sure that he will break the record, no problem. Was it anxiety? Well sooner or later he will break the record because this is the destiny of Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo tried to score many times, he combined well with others but was unlucky and the goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made some good saves.”
Carlo Ancelotti said that Real Madrid should have scored more goals against below par Liverpool. “The game went well, although we could not score the second goal. We had the match under control so we didn’t need a high pace. We tried to score the second goal and we had chances. The aim is to finish first now.”
Karim Benzema is looking in stunning form for Real Madrid this season and Ancelotti was happy for the striker. “Since I’ve been at Madrid, this is the best moment for Benzema. I really like what he brings to the team and how he works.”
Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas was also happy with the performance of his team. Speaking in a post-match press conference, Casillas said that: “I’m happy, both personally because of the record and for the team. We’ve done the business and now we can focus on the league, the cup and the Club World Cup”.
Real Madrid are looking in great touch at the moment but Casillas advised his players to stay grounded. “We’re on a great run of form, but praise can weaken you. We have to be cautious. We’re taking things one step at a time. We were coming off the back of some tough games. We went ahead and looked to control proceedings more. The defence were fantastic. The onus was on Liverpool to take more risks, not us.”
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