Carlo Ancelotti wants more despite Real Madrid hitting eight


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Carlo Ancelotti believes his Real Madrid side still have some work to do to get their season back on track despite thrashing Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 on Saturday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, while both Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez scored twice in an emphatic display at the Riazor to bounce back from successive La Liga defeats.

“We showed all the quality we have going forward,” Ancelotti said. “We have a phenomenon and a lot of other top quality players. They combined together really well and that was what stood out.

“However, we have to be even more consistent and improve the balance in the side. After suffering two defeats we have scored 13 goals in two games. That’s a sign that we have reacted well.”

On Sunday night, La Liga leaders Barcelona won 5-0 at  10-man Levante and could even afford for Lionel Messi to miss a penalty.

In Italy, Roma  kept pace with Juventus at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 home win over Cagliari yesterday. Alessandro Florenzi was the star of the show for Rudi Garcia’s team. In the 10th minute he provided the cross for Mattia Destro’s opener, then took a pass from Gervinho and found the target himself two minutes later with an angled shot.

Florenzi celebrated by climbing into the stands to embrace his 82-year-old grandmother  – and  was promptly booked by  the referee.