Carlo Ancelotti praised the “spectacular” attitude of his Real Madrid side in a 2-0 LaLiga win at Cadiz.
Los Blancos dominated the game at Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla on Saturday, registering more shots than any other team in a LaLiga match this season, with 35 attempts.
Madrid had to wait until Nacho’s brilliant finish after 72 minutes to take the lead and Marco Asensio gave them breathing space four minutes later.
Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos were not risked by Ancelotti ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Chelsea due to muscle strains, while Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga came off the bench.
Dani Carvajal and David Alaba were unused substitutes as Madrid prepared for the game at Stamford Bridge, which they will start with a 2-0 aggregate lead, by cutting Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to 10 points.
Madrid head coach Ancelotti said: “The biggest impression for me is how the team played. It was a match well played, at an important point of the season.
“It wasn’t easy preparing for it, but the players’ attitude was spectacular.”