Ancelotti insists Madrid played well in UCL defeat

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that Real Madrid played well against Sheriff Tiraspol, despite losing to the Champions League newcomers 2-1.

The loss is Ancelotti’s first defeat since he returned to Real Madrid.

Goals from Djasur Yakhshibaev and Sebastien Thill canceled out Karim Benzema’s second-half penalty to help the underdogs seal their victory.

Ancelotti remained positive stating that his side played well.

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“More than worried, we are sad. We played with intensity, commitment…but we lost because of the small details,” he said.

“The team played well. We could be finer in the last meters, but it is difficult to explain. The small details cost us the game and it can be a lesson for the future. It was a defeat that we did not deserve.”

Real created a lot of chances in the game with Sheriff goalkeeper Georgios Athanasiadis making ten saves in total – and unsurprisingly securing the player of the match award.

The result means Sheriff have a maximum six points from their first two Champions League games and top the group, while Real are second with one victory to their name.