The Italian coach sealed a winning return at the start of his second spell in charge in the Spanish capital with Benzema playing a vital role on the night at the Estadio Mendizorroza.
Los Blancos struggled to break down their stubborn hosts in the opening 45 minutes but a second half brace from Benzema propelled them on to a crucial win in the Basque Country.
Ancelotti was delighted to secure an instant La Liga win at the start of the 2021/22 campaign and the veteran manager was deeply impressed by his new skipper.
“Benzema completes this team, he reads situations very well”, as per reports from Marca.
“He is a player who to call a forward seems to be too little for me.
“He is a very complete player and more complete than five years ago.”
Next up for Ancelotti’s is a trip to Levante next weekend with no home games on the agenda until after the September international break.
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