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Ancelotti: I wish Madrid spread goals across struggled games


CARLO Ancelotti wishes he could trade Real Madrid’s storming 9-1 victory over Granada on Sunday for nine 1-0 wins as they remain behind Barcelona in La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a career-record five goals, Karim Benzema bagged a double, Gareth Bale opened the scoring 25 minutes in and Mainz’s own goal added to the visitors woes. Robert Ibanez’s strike will have been scant consolation for being battered by the Blancos.

The result is welcome respite for Ancelotti, whose Madrid side had lost three of their last four games in all competitions to put pressure on his position, and he is open about wishing he could spread those goals across their matches in which they had struggled.

“Of course I would change this 9-1 win for nine matches in which we won 1-0 in a heartbeat,” the Italian coach told reporters. “Players understand our goals and the end of the season is very close now.

“The players were very good today; they were quick-thinking and scored plenty of goals. James Rodriguez in particular was very good. It was hard to notice that he had spent two months out injured. He played well, with quality and intensity.”

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