Carlo Ancelotti speaking after Real Madrid defeats Atletico in Champions League

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Ancelotti says his team can compete with anyone in the Champions League SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH CARLO ANCELOTTI SAYING:

Carlo Ancelotti speaking after Real Madrid defeats Atletico in Champions League

Ancelotti says his team can compete with anyone in the Champions League

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (APRIL 22, 2015) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH CARLO ANCELOTTI SAYING:

“If we have the same energy as today Real Madrid can compete with everybody without a problem. Now we have time to recover the injured players for the semi finals so things are going to improve.”

STORY: Holders Real Madrid kept alive their dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Javier Hernandez’s late strike in a tense clash at home to 10-man Atletico Madrid secured a 1-0 win and a Champions League semi-final place on Wednesday (April 22).

After last week’s quarter-final first leg at the Calderon ended 0-0, the return at the Bernabeu appeared to be heading for extra time until James Rodriguez slipped a pass through to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88th minute.

The Portugal forward squared for Hernandez and the Mexican striker stroked the ball past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to secure a 1-0 aggregate victory, Real’s first win over Atletico in eight matches.

In a news conference after the match, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said his team was able to compete against any rival in the Champions League.

“If we have the same energy as today Real Madrid can compete with everybody without a problem. Now we have time to recover the injured players for the semi finals so thing are going to improve,” he said.

It was a bitter blow for Diego Simeone’s men, who went toe to toe with the team that beat them in last year’s final until playmaker Arda Turan was dismissed for a second booking 14 minutes from time and Hernandez applied the killer blow.

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