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The Brazil international hails his side's improvement after a difficult period and lavishes praise on the fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo after beating FC Copenhagen 2-0

Real Madrid defender Marcelo is pleased with the progress that his side have made leading up to their 2-0 Champions League win over FC Copenhagen.

Luka Modric gave Los Blancos a first-half lead in the Danish capital before Cristiano Ronaldo put the match to bed after the break, ensuring that Carlo Ancelotti's men cruised into the knockout stages.

Marcelo hailed the way in which Madrid have improved after a difficult period earlier this season when the Italian's tactics were being questioned.

"Over the past five or six matches we have really improved. We are much better now. Of course, there are always things we can improve but we are much better now than we were just a few matches ago," the Brazilian remarked to Uefa's official website.

"We are playing well at the moment and our aim is to win every match and continue to show Real Madrid in a favourable light."

The defender went on to praise Cristiano Ronaldo, whose strike against Copenhagen made him the first-ever player to score nine goals in the Champions League group stage.

"Right now, Ronaldo is, for me - and, I think, for many other people - the best," he enthused. "For a long time he has been at the same level. He scores goals and plays impressively.

"The guys up front put a lot of pressure on opponents and that gives us [defenders] more space and more potential to relax."

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