Carlo Ancelotti was delighted in the immediate aftermath of Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Internazionale on Wednesday, but the Italian admitted he was most proud of the fact his team showed they knew how to suffer.
Thibaut Courtois was on fine form as the Spanish giants scored an 90th minute winning goal, but it was far from plain-sailing against Simone Inzaghi’s charges.
“I liked the game because we had to suffer and we suffered being compact,” Ancelotti explained in his press conference.
“I like that, knowing how to suffer and showing that this team can sacrifice and has character.
“It was a very important victory, we were better in the second half than in the first, we didn’t concede a goal thanks to Courtois in the first half.”
Rodrygo scored a winning goal that could be the spark his Los Merengues career needed, and the Italian coach was delighted with his impact.
“I thought about putting him in the second half, but Inter closed us very well in front of the centre,” he added.
“I wanted to open the game from the wings, that’s why I put Rodrygo on.
“The game was won by the players, then the changes were important because the players were fresh.”