Jose Mourinho was happy to see his Real Madrid side control its Champions League match against Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA on Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick for the visitors while Karim Benzema also netted a fine acrobatic goal shortly after halftime.
"I liked my team a lot during 75 minutes. In the first 45 and then up until Ajax's goal [in the 56th minute] we had total control of the game against an Ajax team that were different from their usual version, much more defensive than usual," the 49-year-old told Canal+ after the match.
Despite Madrid going two goals up, the Spanish giants conceded against the run of play when Niklas Moisander headed home Christian Eriksen's corner. The Ajax goal prompted a 15-minute period of dominance for the home side that Mourinho was glad to see end when Ronaldo scored his second and third goals.
"We lost a little control after Ajax scored, it became dangerous," he explained. "Then we scored our third goal, Ajax understood that the game was over and we took control again."
Following reports that Ronaldo is unhappy at the Bernabeu, Mourinho praised the forward's contribution as he scored three for his first Champion League hat trick.
"The team is achieving objectives. This win gives us a little calm. He [Ronaldo] knows his goals are important for the team," said Mourinho.
Madrid next face Barcelona in the Clasico on Sunday.
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- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Karim Benzema