Madrid can always win a match in five minutes – Ancelotti

The Blancos boss hailed his side’s quality and character in snatching a late victory in Valencia, and reiterated that he will continue placing his faith in the club’s youngsters

Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on his Real Madrid side following their sensational 3-2 triumph over Levante on Saturday.

Los Blancos twice hauled themselves level through Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata before Cristiano Ronaldo fired home the winner in Valencia with just 30 seconds to go.

Our first half wasn’t too good but the second half turned out differently,” Ancelotti told reporters after the match. “When Real Madrid play well, we can win a match in five minutes.

It was important for us to get a victory. We didn’t play fantastic football but we did deserve to win. And when you have players who battle and never give in, there’s always a chance to improve.

“The players made a huge sacrifice and never surrendered.”

Morata and Jese Rodriguez played key roles in the come-from-behind win and Ancelotti says that the young duo will continue to see plenty of game time under him, even suggesting that the former could occasionally be selected ahead of Karim Benzema.

They don’t need to convince me because I already have faith in them,” the 54-year-old explained. “Morata scored and Jese looked dangerous when he got the ball.

“They both showed great enthusiasm when they came on. I have the same confidence in them as I had before tonight’s game.

“It [starting Morata] could happen, although he hasn’t got Benzema’s experience. He’s an important player for us and he’s doing really well.”

The win ensures Madrid maintain pace with front-runners Barcelona at the top of the Primera Liga, after the Catalans’ 4-1 victory over Vallodolid.

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