Ancelotti: Important to win group

Carlo Ancelotti is targeting top spot for Real Madrid in their Champions League group, after seeing a performance ‘with more balance’ on Wednesday.

Los Blancos defeated Copenhagen 4-0 in the second round of group stage matches to maintain their 100 per cent start to the European campaign.

Two goals apiece from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria determined the result and left their Coach more than satisfied.

“I think tonight we had more balance. The team was more compact and we tried to play deeper,” surmised Ancelotti afterwards.

“The players followed the game plan we had prepared this week very well and the change in our attitude was very good.

“We modified the system to use the flanks more and to create more open spaces. We had little space in midfield and that's why we made this change, because Copenhagen are a very strong team. Our players have the quality to use all possible systems.

“The important thing is to do our best, try to finish top of the group, not only to be able to play the second leg of the Round of 16 at home, but for also for confidence, we have to do our best in all of our matches and we have a great opportunity to do so in the next one.”

It has been a difficult few days for the Coach after defeat in the Spanish capital’s derby at home to Atletico Madrid, whilst sections of the home support again whistled the team at the half-time break.

“Being whistled at is not bad. I have had it happen a lot in my career and I do not remember it being bad.

“It helps your motivation and concentration and, from time to time, it is necessary.

“At the end of the first half, they were not very happy because we were playing slowly and the pace has to be faster and the play has to be simpler because we have the ability to play that way.”

Iker Casillas completed a first 90 minutes under Ancelotti.

“He played a great match. At the end he made some great stops and is an institution for everyone here.

“It is very important that he is in the squad, he is very professional, very focused and really helps his teammates.”

Gareth Bale missed the game through a muscle contracture and looks set to also miss the trip to Levante at the weekend.

“We are not worried, he has not played because of muscle fatigue and it is nothing special. He is waiting to recover his optimal fitness.

“He was not at 100 per cent but he will get there because he has 15 days of rest and then will be ready.

“He is not happy and that is normal, he wants to play and is eager but it is not a problem. Now we have time to get him into a good physical condition and avoid injuries.”

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