‘Madrid reacted well to red card’

Carlo Ancelotti mused further on his satisfaction at Real Madrid’s reaction to an early red card against Galatasaray.

Los Blancos lost Sergio Ramos just before the half-hour mark, but went on to win 4-1 and guarantee a place in the Champions League Last 16.

“In the first half we started slowly and after that we had problems moving the ball and when in possession,” commented Ancelotti afterwards.

“The match was difficult after Sergio Ramos's red card, but with ten men we controlled the game and played very well.

“We changed the system after the first half, we needed to play deeper. In the second half we were more comfortable with Xabi Alonso in the team.  Arbeloa scored a goal and was man of the match.

“When we had ten men we played with courage and personality. We played very well after half-time. Being a man down is not easy and all the players worked together.

“The first half was not so good. At the moment things are very good, we are scoring lots of goals, and I am happy with the effort we are putting in.

“I was sad when I needed to substitute Jese [after 28 minutes]. He was playing well but I had to change things – I needed to put a defender on. The team reacted well, the quality of the squad is excellent.”

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