Carlo Ancelotti highlighted the expertise and unity of his Actual Madrid facet as key to their Tremendous Cup win after targets from David Alaba and Karim Benzema downed Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.
Madrid lifted their fifth Tremendous Cup on Wednesday as Ancelotti, who additionally received the competitors in 2003 and 2007 with Milan and 2014 with Los Blancos, grew to become the primary coach to say 4 victories within the European season’s curtain-raiser.
Benzema’s objective sealed a 2-0 win and moved him away from Raul as Actual Madrid’s second highest all-time goalscorer, with solely Cristiano Ronaldo (450) now bettering his tally of 324 strikes for the membership.
However Madrid may have gone behind early on when Thibaut Courtois made a nice one-one-one save from Daichi Kamada, and Ancelotti was delighted by the resilience displayed by his group.
“It was a difficult game, at the start they were so close in a low block, and we had difficulty,” he instructed BT Sport.
“After we scored the first one at the end of the first half, we had more control and deserved to win, we didn’t take risks or play with super intensity, but I think we had good control.”
Madrid grew to become the primary Champions League winners to call the identical line-up within the remaining and the next Tremendous Cup since no less than 2006, and the skilled midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro shortly established management after Alaba’s opener.
Frankfurt solely managed one shot on course after the break, and Ancelotti believes his group’s collective know-how was invaluable.
“They’re used to playing together, they’re comfortable,” he added. “For them, it’s simple to play together, to find the right time of the game to sometimes have a low block or use a counter-attack.
“They’re so used to enjoying collectively.”
Meanwhile, Ancelotti was asked about the future of his son Davide, Madrid’s assistant coach who provided a lively presence in the technical area throughout.
Ancelotti revealed he sees Davide as having a future as a head coach, insisting: “He is an assistant now, [but] for positive he will likely be a coach sooner or later.
“He is working a lot on the set pieces, he has more energy than me! It’s normal.”
Having already claimed their first trophy of the season, Madrid start their LaLiga title protection with a visit to Almeria on Sunday.