Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to single out individuals after his side cruised a 3-1 league Clasico clash win over Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona, but acknowledged Karim Benzema was “on fire” at the moment.
The France international striker was instrumental in Real’s victory and got the goal his good performance deserved to finish off Barca and end their unbeaten start to the season, as he scored the hosts’ third goal at the Santiago Bernabey on Saturday.
Ancelotti said: “I value the effort of the team. We didn’t lose our heads after Neymar’s goal and all went well.”
“Isco’s performance was impressive but today we could talk about Benzema, Isco, Cristiano or James [Rodriguez]. It’s hard to talk about a star in this match but Benzema is on fire.”
The win moved Real within a point of Barca at the top of the league table.
“The victory is important as we defeated a great team and achieved our objective of getting closer to Barcelona in La Liga,” added Ancelotti.
“It’s not easy to play Barcelona. We fought so hard and the match was so lose. I didn’t see a superiority but in the closing moments we had many opportunities as they were trying desperately to equalise.”
“The physical side is so important. We had a hard game against Liverpool on Wednesday and again today. This squad is so serious, committed and professional.”
Gareth Bale missed out the Clasico through injury and Ancelotti used his absence to highlight the strength of his squad.
He said: “Bale is an important player for the team and when he is okay he will play. I don’t think about 11 important players, we have so many good players and this is good for all us.”