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Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid squad

IANS November 11, 2014 20:52 IST
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Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised his current squad of players, describing it as the "most dedicated," he has known in his career.

"The dressing room at Real Madrid has a high level of professionalism. I see them very serious in training and in all parts of the club, in the way players are treated after games and training sessions and the respect the players have among themselves," said Ancelotti Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

Real Madrid go into the current international break as the leaders of the Primera Liga with 42 goals scored after just 11 games, something the Italian in part puts down to the competition for places in a squad that includes stars such as Gareth Bale, Ronaldo, Isco, James Rodriguez, Tony Kroos, Karim Benzema and Sami Khedira.

"I have never had problems in motivating a player," he said.

"A player who isn't playing might be angry, but instead of lowering their efforts, they work harder in training to try and convince me they should play."

Ancelotti had special works for Kroos, who has quickly become the leader of the Madrid midfield since arriving from Bayern Munich this summer.

"He surprises me because he is never worried about anything, whether or not he is put under pressure. His play is always the same, even if he has a rival putting him under pressure. That is important as a lot of our football passes through him," said the Italian.

"He plays quickly, he gives the right pass and he never loses the ball."