Ancelotti: Ronaldo has a unique gift

The Blancos boss was unwilling to disclose his starting shot-stopper for his side's trip to the Madrigal, while he hailed the Portuguese forward's form

24.09.2014 09:59:38

The Blancos boss was unwilling to disclose his starting shot-stopper for his side's trip to the Madrigal, while he hailed the Portuguese forward's form Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has taken the time to praise Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of his sublime performance in the 5-1 win over Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening. The Portugal international netted four times to take his tally to 10 goals in four La Liga encounters this season and Ancelotti feels the prolific attacker has a unique gift. "Cristiano doesn't like playing with his back to goal, he wants to look for spaces on the wing to be facing goal," the Madrid coach said at a press conference. "The movements he makes are very quick and that's why they come as a surprise. He is always in just the right position because he has a unique gift for movement.  "He needed a period of time in which to work; he has done that with the discipline and professionalism that he has. He's in very good physical shape, he's motivated and he's scoring a lot of goals." Ancelotti then went on to say the public will have to wait and see which goalkeeper he intends to start against Villarreal on Saturday. Debate has raged in recent weeks over who should be the Blancos' first choice, with Spain international Iker Casillas and Costa Rica's World Cup hero Keylor Navas jostling for the position. However, Ancelotti was tight-lipped when asked who would star at El Madrigal - after Casillas was dropped for Navas in Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Elche. "On Saturday, we will see," the Italian told reporters. "[Casillas has] played well [recently], with more balance and stability. Keylor was worked at some points, but it was quiet [for him against Elche, overall]." The 55-year-old also talked about his policy of carefully managing his players' game time throughout the season. "I think right now rotation is important because all the players are well-motivated," the former AC Milan boss stated. "We have another game on Saturday and it is normal to rotate players to avoid injuries. Today [Tuesday], we rested Karim [Benzema] and [Luka] Modric and they will play on Saturday." Real Madrid 5-1 Elche

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