Ancelotti: Happy with first-half performance, but not final result

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was happy with his side’s performance in the opening 45 minutes of their Champions League quarter-final clash away to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid, but wasn’t pleased that it didn’t amount the anything other than a goalless draw, reports BBC Sport.

Real were on top in the first-half, and will certainly have felt they should have been ahead, after creating chances for Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in particular. But after the break, the home side got to grips more with their opponents, and pressed them a lot higher up the pitch to completely nullify their attacking players’ threat.

Atletico came close to scoring themselves in the second-half of the clash, but ultimately lacked the needed quality in the final third when it mattered. The Spanish rivals square off in a week’s time in the second leg of the quarter-finals, and Ancelotti had mixed feelings after the game.

“The first half was fantastic and we played with a lot of personality. We did some great work going forward with some excellent movement but then we didn’t finish off the moves well enough. The second half was different, Atletico pressuring more and we found it harder to control possession,” he said.

“The result isn’t so good but we have confidence due to the game we played above all in the first half and for the return. What we have to do is try to repeat the way we played for the first 45 minutes for 90.”

A goalless clash at the Vicente Calderon sees Atletico going into the second leg knowing a score draw will put them through, while Real Madrid know they need to keep their rivals quiet to progress into the next round themselves.

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