Champions League: Ancelotti names player that helped Real Madrid defeat Celtic


Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has singled out Eden Hazard for praise following their 3-0 win at Celtic in the Champions League.

Hazard was introduced into the game after injury to Karim Benzema in the first half.

Ancelotti opted not to bring in a striker during this summer’s transfer window.

Back-up forward, Luka Jovic was allowed to join Fiorentina on a free transfer, as coach Ancelotti backed Hazard to deliver in a false nine role after three injury-disrupted years at the Bernabeu.

“I thought this was a game for Eden. His position, a bit deeper, could help us.

“He was clinical, we scored the second thanks to him and he was in the box to score the third. A perfect game for him,” Ancelotti said after the game.

Madrid face Mallorca next in LaLiga on Sunday, before hosting RB Leipzig in the Champions League next Wednesday, followed by the Madrid derby with Atletico on September 18.