Ancelotti: Advantage Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that the La Liga title race is now in Real Madrid’s hands following their 2-0 win against Elche on Sunday.

Los Blancos reopened their four-point lead at the League summit thanks to both goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo at Manuel Martinez Valero and Barcelona’s shock defeat by Malaga earlier in the weekend.

“We played very well, with quality and intensity,” the Coach said after the game.

“Answering questions [about James Rodriguez and Luka Modric] is difficult. When everyone’s back, I’ll make a decision [on them] before each game.

“The change [to bring Jese on] was prepared three minutes before [he entered the match], but the ball didn’t go out [until then].

“I think in the first 100 games [under my watch], we’ve done well. We’ll try to improve in the next 100.

“It was an important game because of what happened [at Barcelona on Saturday]. We did well in all aspects, both in attack and defence.

“With this attitude, we’ll win many games. The team realised the match was important. The team are focused, have improved and are also in optimal physical condition.

“After the defeat against Atletico [Madrid], we’ve played three games and haven’t conceded a goal, which means the team have defended well, without granting [their opponents] opportunities.

“This is what we’ve improved on most. Elche have quality, but we defended very well, especially against Jonathas. We were organised, enthusiastic and played with quality.

“We’re surprised [by Barca’s defeat to Malaga] because they were having a great spell. We now have the advantage in La Liga, but it won’t be decided until the last game of the season.

“I had no doubts that we’d win. We already had chances in the first half.”

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