Football

Praise,

Defender Sergio Ramos highlighted the important role played by Carlo Ancelotti in blending Real Madrid's superstar-packed squad into a balanced unit.

The Spanish international in particular hailed Ancelotti's calm nature, in contrast to his predecessor Jose Mourinho, with whom he and many other Madrid players clashed with towards the end of his tenure.

"It is a historic night. We have achieved an important record and it is a day to congratulate Ancelotti and all the squad. We are on the ideal track.

"He is the boss of this Real Madrid. There is a perfect calmness in the dressing room and that is fundamental for the team."

- Wire Services.