Three points against the Basque giants will offer Ancelotti’s side a major confidence boost ahead of their crunch Champions League last 16 second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.
“It was an important match because we had the opportunity to take advantage in La Liga”, as per reports from Marca.
“We understood the importance of the match and the win gives us great hope.
“This is the intensity we need, and the fans like it. It can be repeated on Wednesday against PSG.
“The fans believe more after this game. The idea of going out to the fans at the end came from the players, because on Wednesday, we need them.”
Both players started, and completed 90 minutes, against La Real, with Marcelo best placed to replace Mendy at left back on Wednesday night.
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