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The Italian coach says that his focus is on La Liga and Europe but is pleased with reaching the final, while Diego Simeone reflects on Atletico Madrid's elimination

Carlo Ancelotti says that it was crucial that Real Madrid qualified for the Copa del Rey final at Atletico Madrid's expense despite insisting that it is the least important trophy for his side this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice - though he was hit on the head by a lighter mid-match - in the 2-0 win at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Tuesday to give Los Blancos a 5-0 aggregate victory in the semi-final and avenge last campaign's final defeat.

Ancelotti, whose side will face either Barcelona or Real Sociedad in the final later this season, accepts that he might have bigger fish to fry in 2013-14 and confirmed that Ronaldo did not suffer an injury.

"I think the cup is important here because the teams give importance to this competition," the Italian told reporters after the match. "In England it may be more important, though.

"We want to win all competitions. It is true that this is the least important competition for us - we have the Champions League and La Liga - but a final is always a great thing for the team."

Asked how Ronaldo is coping after his blow to the head, the coach declared: "Ronaldo is fine. He scored two goals and was important early in the game. He's fine, there's no injury problem."

Diego Simeone's men went out with a whimper, making it three defeats on the trot for Atletico after the high of topping La Liga at the start of February, and the Argentine was disappointed with their elimination but heartened somewhat by the performance.

"After losing, one is never happy," Simeone reflected. "This group of players are that way, it's normal.

"We wanted to get to win the cup again but it's just the semi-finals this year. We can always can do better but I think [this] was not bad. We played and competed how we wanted to, which was to compete with Real Madrid well."

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