Ancelotti hails two key players after win against Real Valladolid

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It was a difficult night for Real Madrid away at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla.

It took two late goals from Karim Benzema to seal the three points for the Los Blancos.

Speaking after the game, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the performance of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois, as he admitted they were key in the victory.

Benzema scored a brace, while Courtois made some top saves.

Ancelotti said at full time: “Both Courtois and Benzema put in a great performance, and Benzema was amongst the goals once again.

“An unforgettable year is coming to an end in style. We have to keep moving forward slowly to get all the players back to good shape.”