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The Italian coach is pleased with the defender's contribution in recent months and praised Jese Rodriguez following his impressive development

Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Real Madrid's strength in defence in the past few months and believes Sergio Ramos' return to top form has played a major role in their run of good form.

The Spain international went through a difficult period in the closing months of 2013, but the Italian coach is pleased to see the 27-year-old back to his usual best again.

"The squad is very able in carrying out defensive work. And we’re seeing the real Sergio Ramos now, not the player from November or December," Ancelotti told Canal Plus.

"You can quickly fix any mistakes and we’ve done that, not just by changing our system but also because the players now understand how important it is to recover possession.

"Defensive and offensive balance is the most important thing in football. Defensive work doesn’t require creativity or skill."

Ancelotti then went on to discuss the development of Jese Rodriguez and lauded the promising Spanish attacker's progress this term.

"Jese is scoring goals and setting up his team-mates. We’re very lucky to have him here. He is a very focused player and he works hard.

"Could Jese go to the World Cup? Well, it was a big surprise when Paolo Rossi was called for Italy in 1982, so who knows..."

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