Ancelotti told us to be careful over injuries, says Morata

The Real Madrid striker reveals the Italian coach had warned his players not to overexert themselves after the international break, with tiredness a factor against Almeria
Alvaro Morata has said that Carlo Ancelotti had urged the Real Madrid players to take care in avoiding injury in their 5-0 win over Almeria.

Los Blancos were comfortable winners in Andalucia on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco and Morata all scoring for the visitors, though, they suffered a setback when Ronaldo appeared to go off injured.

The Portuguese will be examined on Monday to assess the extent of the injury, which early indications suggest was only a knock, but Spain Under-21 forward Morata revealed that Madrid were told by Ancelotti to be careful about stretching themselves too far after the international break.

"After being with our national teams for a couple of weeks, some of us are tired and you can understand the coach's concern," Morata was quoted by AS.

"[With Ronaldo] it's quite normal for him to feel tired after the exhibition display he put on with Portugal," he added,referring to the attacker's performance in his national side's 4-2 aggregate World Cup qualifying win over Sweden.

"He's the best player in the world but that doesn't mean he has to stop and rest now and again."

Morata has played nine times in La Liga so far this season and his strike against Almeria was his second of the campaign.

"Every time I come on I usually have chances to score," he added.

"Tonight, luck went my way."

Madrid still sit in third in the league with 34 points from 14 games, six behind leaders Barcelona.