Ancelotti: Real Madrid happy with humble James

The Italian praised his Colombian attacker after he stole the show as Cornella were swept aside in the Copa del Rey second leg by the European champions


Carlo Ancelotti hailed “humble boy” James Rodriguez after the summer signing bagged a double in Real Madrid’s 5-0 hammering of Cornella on Tuesday.

The Colombian’s goals, in the 16th and the 30th minutes, set the tone for an easy evening for the reigning Copa del Rey champions as Isco, an own goal and injury returnee Jese Rodriguez sealed the 9-1 aggregate triumph.

Ancelotti, who continues to reside over a record-breaking winning streak for the club as Madrid acquired their 17th triumph in a row, lauded the way the ex-Monaco attacker has blended into the Blancos’ first-team without fuss.

“It was not easy for James to arrive to Real Madrid,” he told reporters. “But he has proved his quality and attitude.

“We’re happy with him, he is a humble boy and that’s important.

“We have won properly and showed quality in our play. We will never think in terms of breaking records. We have an important game now against Celta on Saturday to stay as leaders in La Liga.”

Ancelotti also lauded the work of Real Madrid reserve team coach Zinedine Zidane after half a dozen players who play under the legendary Frenchman this season were involved in the Copa del Rey last-32 victory.

“Zidane’s doing a good job,” he added. “He has charisma and every player listens to him.

“The job of reserve team coach will be important for us. We finished the game with six players from the cantera squad, which is great news.”

Sami Khedira, whose Real Madrid career has been plagued with injury problems, had to be taken off with a head injury in the 57th minute and the Italian coach confirmed he would be receiving medical care overnight but that it was not a serious blow.

“Khedira is spending the night at hospital for safety reasons,” Ancelotti added. “It was just a minor hit.”

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