On the face of things, a 6-1 scoreline gives the impression of a completely one-sided game, but that was not the case in Turkey last night according to Carlo Ancelotti.
The Real Madrid boss took charge of his new side in the Champions League for the first time last night and would have been thrilled to walk away with what seemed like a comprehensive win.
Despite what the score suggests, Ancelotti admitted his team hadn't dominated the game from start to finish.
Speaking to Sky Sports the former Chelsea boss said: "The result does not reflect the match. It was difficult and in my opinion Galatasaray had a great first half."
The home side's great first half was disrupted when Isco netted just after the half hour mark, and that proved to be the turning point, "We struggled, but after Isco's goal it was easier, we had more opportunities to counter-attack.
"After his goal the match changed completely. We had more space and we did everything well," added Ancelotti.
A superb second half hat-trick from Ronaldo and a double from Karim Benzema completed the scoring for Madrid with Umut Bulut getting a late consolation for the hosts.
Ancelotti's men had been held to a 2-2 draw at newly promoted Villarreal on the weekend and the Italian admitted that that result may have affected their attitude ahead of the game, but their ability saw them through, he said: "I think we started the match with a bit of a lack of confidence and did not show the right attitude to be able to control the play.
"We controlled things at the back and Galatasaray pressured well. But it is normal, it was the first Champions League match in a very tough stadium to play in.
"We defended well and then with the counter-attack when Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have a good night, it is very easy."
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