Ancelotti revels in Clasico win

24 October 2021 19:45:40 CET
Ancelotti downplays title significance

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti couldn't hide his delight as his team returned to the La Liga summit following a 2-1 El Clasico triumph over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Real, who are 14/1 to win the Champions League, finished second in La Liga last season, two points behind fierce rivals Atletico, but are setting the early pace after the victory over the Catalan giants.

Alaba makes his mark

David Alaba, who joined from Bayern Munich in the summer, converted a move he started to give Real a deserved first-half lead.

That was Alaba’s first goal for Real in what was his El Clasico debut and Lucas Vasquez completed the task in injury-time after he reacted quickest to a Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

There was late drama, however, as Sergio Aguero grabbed a consolation goal for a beleaguered Barca. That was one of only two shots on target for the hosts.

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Real have now won four consecutive Clasicos for the first time since they managed seven in the 1960s.

While Real surge to the top, Barca remain eighth on 15 points after their opening nine games and the pressure has been ramped up on manager Ronald Koeman.

Only three points

Speaking after the victory, Ancelotti said: "I'm happy to win. The Clasico is the most important match. We are happy, but unfortunately this is only three points. I don't like to get into the other team."

He added: "It was a practical match. This team has this quality of playing against and we have to enjoy it. Barca has complicated the game for us. It wasn't simple."

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