‘Madrid have improved a lot’

Carlo Ancelotti believes his Real Madrid side have gone from strength to strength this season.

Marca reports an interview the Coach has given to Champions magazine in which he discusses what the Champions League means to Madrid and to himself.

Ancelotti also gave his thoughts on the state of Madrid at this point in the season and explained why he switched the team’s formation to 4-3-3.

“We have improved a lot since the beginning. This team has great offensive players and the potential for high quality,” Ancelotti said.

“We’re striving to take full advantage of it. At this moment we are well defined, we’re playing good games and that allows us to have a very efficient attack.

“The 4-3-3 allows us to exploit the qualities of our players. We can take advantage of the wings and our defence can push forward a lot and help us with our attack.

“Our attack isn’t solely based on individual qualities. It’s a team game.

“The system is adapted to the characteristics of the players. We have great players up front, such as Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, and we use this system to try to make the most of their features.

“Sometimes Karim Benzema enters the playmaker’s zone to receive the ball, or sometimes in midfield it’s Luka Modric, Isco or Angel Di Maria.”

Ancelotti also paid tribute to Sergio Ramos, as much for his character as his ability.

“He is a player with great personality and he was practically born here, and he knows everything,” the Italian said of the centre-back.

“In some games he has been crucial, not only for what he does on the pitch but for the courage he instils in all the players. He is a player with great value.”

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