Ancelotti hails record-breaking Madrid

The Italian was quick to praise his players after they cruised past the Bulgarians at the Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to his “fantastic”, record-breaking side following Tuesday’s 4-0 win over 10-man Ludogorets.

Real made it six wins from six in UEFA Champions League Group B at the Santiago Bernabeu courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Alvaro Arbeloa and Alvaro Medran.

It also ensured Real set a new Spanish record for consecutive victories in all competitions with 19 and became the first team to win all six group games on two separate occasions.

Ancelotti, whose side go into the knockout stage brimming with confidence, was full of praise for his players after their relatively comfortable outing.

“This team has reached these records through extraordinary professionalism. I don’t get tired of saying that these players are fantastic,” he said.

“The relationship with my players is very good. Anytime I can thank them, I do. I always appreciate that the relationship we have is very good and I feel great support from the club.

“I couldn’t imagine winning 19 consecutive matches after losing against Real Sociedad [in La Liga earlier this season]. I could imagine we would go well but not this well.”