Ancelotti praises “fantastic” first half vs. Atletico, confident heading back to the Bernabeu


Despite failing to defeat Diego Simeone’s men for the first time in eight tries, Carlo Ancelotti was rather positive following Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Atletico.

Real failed to score an away goal at Vicente Calderon Stadium, but controlled the play in the opening 45 minutes in a half that Ancelotti called “fantastic.”

[ RECAP: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid ]

Ancelotti’s men outshot their opposition 17-8, and only allowed two shots on target compared to the eight Real fired on net. However, they could not get any past Jan Oblak, as the 22-year-old Slovenian keeper stood on his head to keep the score level.

Now headed back to the Bernabeu with everything on the line, Ancelotti is confident his side will finish the job.

In the first half we deserved more than 0-0. It was fantastic; we played very well, with a lot of personality.

The second half was different, Atletico pressured more, we found it more difficult to control possession and the match was more even.

It isn’t such a good result, but we have confidence because of the match we’ve played, because of what the team showed in the first half, and we have confidence for the second leg.

We have to focus on repeating what we did for 45 minutes for the whole game. We have the chance to go through at home. And, as I’ve said, you can go through with two draws. 0-0 is the best of the worst results.”

While Ancelotti is confident heading home, the last Champions League match played at the Bernabeu ended in a 4-3 loss for Real at the hands of FC Schalke. Ronaldo and company have only lost once at home in La Liga, but that loss was against Atletico.

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Real deserved to win this game, but the fact of the matter is they didn’t. Yes, they played Atletico better than they have the past few showings, but another draw in the second leg would send Real packing, so it’s win or bust on April 22nd.