Carlo Ancelotti hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘a complete forward’, in assessing his and Real Madrid’s performance against Copenhagen.
Los Merengues ran out 2-0 winners in Tuesday’s Champions League match and with a number of landmarks, including Ronaldo setting a new record for goals scored in a single group phase of the tournament.
The 28-year-old was previously level on eight goals with Ruud van Nistelrooy, Pippo Inzaghi, Hernan Crespo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with three of them having previously worked with Madrid’s current Coach.
“I do not think that Inzaghi will be happy because he has lost this record,” joked Ancelotti post-match.
“[Ronaldo] has gone ahead of a very strong player. Inzaghi was very strong in the area and Ibrahimovic is powerful and has a fantastic ability to score and assist.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a complete forward who can score goals in every way possible. He's a bit angry about the penalty, but he scored an important goal and played very well.”
Ancelotti reflected on the result and performance of his side.
“That was a serious game that was not at all easy. My players did well and showed a good attitude and solid play. The Real Madrid shirt motivates everyone – it ensures the players give their all in every match.
“I think Manchester City will be the most dangerous team among those finishing second in their group. For us, it is important to continue along this path and try to get even better.
“I think we played a professional match where we were in control and showed a good attitude. I am satisfied that the team continue to score a lot of goals.
“[Luka] Modric and Xabi [Alonso] played well together and they created a good balance in the team, complementing each other very well.
“I do not think Modric's injury is anything serious, just a knock. Defensively we look very strong. We have only conceded a single goal in our last five matches.”