Real Madrid excelled in last night's match in Scotland. The Spaniards managed to defeat Celtic with a score of 3-0 and thus start their adventure in the Champions League in a great way. The good performance of some players is especially pleasing, and Ancelotti will have a difficult task this season to select the best 11.
Carlo Ancelotti was cautious before this match, given that Celtic 'destroyed' their biggest rival Rangers a few days earlier. Real Madrid did not impose a rhythm in the first half, but afterward it was as if a completely new team appeared on the field "We were worried for this game because we knew what they did against Rangers," Ancelotti said as quoted by eurosport.com
“We suffered in the first half and it is absolutely normal to suffer here.
It was like two games, first half we suffered a bit with intensity, second half we had control." Ancelotti knew what awaited him and was ready for anything. Celtic started furiously, they had several chances and tried to get a quick goal.
But Real Madrid's defense is top-notch, and sometimes you need luck in football. "We were not surprised [with Celtic's start]. We knew they could start really fast. We were lucky because they hit the post.
Second half was much better.
When we opened to scoring it was easier for us to control the ball."
Toni Kroos after the game
Toni Kroos won the man of the match award. The German is happy about the phenomenal performance of his team. He emphasized that they were cautious before this match, especially because of Celtic's victory over Rangers.
However, Real Madrid is a level higher, as they have shown many times. "What a spectacular atmosphere, what a mentality there is here at this stadium,” Kroos said.
“But we never expected this to be easy. We knew we were facing a good team on their own ground after they won 4-0 against the Europa League finalists at the weekend”.
The form of Eden Hazard is especially pleasing. He scored a goal and had some good moves. The fans are optimistic about him. “We are a team who can be without the ball for a while but still attack the moment we get it,” Kroos added.
“We got this result because of the quality of the match we produced. Hazard has been training at a phenomenal level and now, having scored, I hope he continues like this."