Madrid: Real Madrid C.F. manager Carlo Ancelotti hailed his side after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema gave them a well deserved 3-1 win over arch rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid had fallen behind to an early Neymar goal Saturday night, but reacted well and dominated the second half to take all three points and move to within a point of Barca at the top of the Spanish La Liga table, reports Xinhua. (Five things to learn from Real Madrid C.F. vs Barcelona F.C. match)
"I always thought our defensive problems had not been due to lack of quality. It is a question of sacrifice and of working hard. I have a serious and professional side, which knows what it means to be part of Real Madrid," said Ancelotti, who hailed his players' ambition.