Carlo Ancelotti has said the most pleasing aspect of Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona was that it was a team effort.
Gareth Bale’s late solo goal delivered the trophy to Los Blancos but Ancelotti said after the match that he was impressed with the unity shown by the squad, especially in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The important thing when you beat Barca is that it’s not on individual issues. Real Madrid proved to be a very compact team,” Marca reports the Italian as saying.
“All the players worked very well. Being without Cristiano motivated them.
“There’s no mistaking that I’m very happy to win the competition. We have been very good throughout and I am happy for the players and the fans. Both teams put on a great show.
“We will be stronger through this match and use that to help us in the other two competitions.
“It’s great to celebrate with the fans. The atmosphere was fantastic.
“We played the whole match as we needed to. Barca tried to get into the game but we played better.
“Things haven’t gone well for Barca this year but I’m sure they’ll fight until the end for the League title. I don’t think their cycle is over.”