Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos has praised Carlo Ancelotti, stating his desire for the Italian to remain at the club for a long time to come.
The 55-year-old was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor last summer, and immediately led Los Blancos to UEFA Champions League glory for the first time since 2001-02 and the tenth time in their illustrious history. Real have started this campaign in the same scintillating fashion, and have already booked their place in the last-16 as they look to defend their crown.
Domestically, the European champions are also in fine form, as they stand at the top of La Liga table and are also on course to defend the Copa del Rey they won last season. They have now their last 17 matches in all competitions, a club record, and defender Ramos is keen to credit such form to Ancelotti, who he hopes will be given the opportunity to remain at the Bernabeu for some time.
“Any compliments I make about him wouldn’t do him justice,” he said. “He was a player himself, manages the dressing room impeccably, talks to us about any problems and gets the best out of every one of us. The run we’ve had is the result of everybody’s hard work, but that is led by the boss, and he has won over the Real Madrid supporters and the squad. I hope he is with us for a long time.”
Real’s last victory came in midweek when they eased past Segunda B outfit Cornella 5-0 to reach the last 16 of the Copa del Rey courtesy of a 9-1 aggregate win. They return to La Liga action this weekend when they take on Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Os Celticos finished in ninth position last time round, and have started impressively this time, currently in eighth spot.
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