Real Madrid secured an easy 3-0 win over Liverpool in their Champions League encounter and Ronaldo was extremely pleased to break his “Anfield Jinx”.
Real Madrid scored all three goals in the first half as the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema looked unstoppable. Ronaldo scored his career’s first goal at Liverpool’s Anfield stadium and he said that he is very proud of his performance.
“It was special, it was my first goal here at Anfield against Liverpool so I feel very proud for that,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports.
“I feel happy – we win and three points so amazing. We knew before the game that Anfield is a difficult place but I think that we played fantastic, especially in the first 45 minutes and we deserved to win.
“The best thing it’s a team win, we have nine points so 75 per cent of the qualification is done.”
The top class performance of Real Madrid against Liverpool have made them bookies’ favorite to defend their Champions League title. And when asked about the same, Ronaldo said that Real Madrid are capable of becoming the first team to defend its Champions League title.
“Why not? We are thinking step by step, we know qualification is the priority of the team but we are going to try like last year,” said Ronaldo.
“We know it’s going to be very tough but we are positive and I think it will be possible if we play like that.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was also very pleased with the performance of his players against Liverpool. Speaking in a press conference after the game, Ancelotti said that: “The team have shown a lot of maturity and confidence. Everything went well. We defended well the first few minutes and controlled their intensity well. After that we played with clarity and quality.”
Ancelotti took everybody by surprise when he substituted Ronaldo in the 75th minute of the game. But the Real Madrid boss defended his decision. He said that he wanted to give Ronaldo a much needed rest.
“I’d thought about giving Cristiano a rest if things went well. He’d done a lot of sprinting and to avoid any problems and to have him fresh for Saturday. He scored and he’s happy. We’re all delighted with him. I took him off without asking him.”
The Real Madrid boss also praised Gareth Bale’s replacement Isco. “I’ve always had faith in him. With Bale out he’s got more chances. He works hard, like the rest of the team. Everyone helps going forward.”