Featured Matches
Previous
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AJ Auxerre
Le Havre AC
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Ajaccio GFCO
Valenciennes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arles
AC Ajaccio
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Nancy Lorraine
Dijon FCO
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Chateauroux
Troyes
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nimes
Angers
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Stade Laval
Niort
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Tours
Créteil
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Rubin Kazan
Spartak Moscow
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Anderlecht
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Silkeborg IF
Sonderjyske
4:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Lillestrom
SK Brann
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bray
Athlone Town FC
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cork
Dundalk
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derry City
Bohemians
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Drogheda Utd
UCD
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Limerick FC
Shamrock
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
St Patricks
Sligo
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kansas City
Philadelphia Union
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Queretaro
Pachuca
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
U.A.N.L
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
Banfield
Postp
Game Details
Rosario Central
Quilmes
Postp
Game Details
Lobos BUAP
Mineros de Zacatecas
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Correcaminos
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Luverdense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Goianiense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Unión La Calera
Antofagasta
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Real Espana
Parrillas One
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by Dermot Corrigan
Jan 14, 2014

Ancelotti wants even more from Ronaldo

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti discusses working alongside 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo - as the Portuguese star returns to training with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Carlo Ancelotti says he will expect even better performances from Cristiano Ronaldo, now the Real Madrid attacker has secured the Ballon d’Or 2013 trophy.

Train: A worthy winner
Duarte: Ronaldo’s human side
Messi: Ronaldo deserves it

Ronaldo enjoyed an upturn in form during the period when votes for the award were being submitted in late October and early November, scoring a phenomenal 13 goals in six games for club and country -- including the stunning hat trick against Sweden that clinched Portugal’s place at next year’s World Cup.

The Madrid boss said he expected such motivation levels to continue through 2014, and that he would ask for even better displays and more goals from his star man.

“Cristiano has been playing very well,” Ancelotti said. “Winning the Ballon d’Or was a great motivation for him, and it will be the same again for the next year. It was not a weight on him.

“Now he has more responsibility as the holder of the Ballon d’Or, we can ask more from him. It is difficult to ask more from someone who has scored more than 60 goals in a season, but I have the courage to ask for even more.”

Ronaldo brought his second career Ballon d’Or trophy to training at Madrid’s Valdebebas facility on Tuesday morning, with the whole squad and staff joining in for a group photo.

Ancelotti said the award was something to celebrate, and individuals with Ronaldo’s professionalism and attitude were good for the sport of football.

“It is a good day today as we have congratulated Cristiano for the prize,” Ancelotti said. “He deserved it, and everyone must be happy with that, above all him. He liked it a lot -- he has worked a lot for this. He was very emotional, very happy. We all took a photo. It has all ended well.

“His professionalism on and off the pitch is a good example for all youths. He leaves a good image on the pitch, with fair play, serious attitude, he does not protest. This is positive for football in general. Football needs this type of player -- like Messi, [Franck] Ribery, Thiago Silva, [Andrea] Pirlo…”

Meanwhile, Ancelotti said Real Madrid should progress in the Copa del Rey ahead of Wednesday’s last-16 second leg against Osasuna after claiming a 2-0 win at the Bernabeu in the first meeting.

However, the Italian remembered that his side had suffered on the way to drawing 2-2 at the Reyna de Navarra Stadium in December and warned it may be difficult.

“The players are motivated, they are committed,” he said. “They all know how difficult it is to play in Pamplona against Osasuna. We have had problems there. We need to play an intense game as they will do everything possible to win. We must concentrate, play our football, not think about the advantage, and try to score the first goal as quickly as possible.”

The Italian coach said Fabio Coentrao -- who has been linked with a move to Manchester United -- would start the game, while first choice left-back Marcelo and in-form midfielder Luka Modric were set to be rested.

“Coentrao is fit,” Ancelotti said. “He is in the squad and he will play tomorrow. He is focused and motivated to play.”

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.