Ancelotti salutes Morata, Jese

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jese had given him food for thought after playing key roles in a dramatic comeback win over Levante.

Madrid trailed 2-1 going into the last minute of Saturday evening's La Liga clash at the Ciudad de Valencia, but equalised when Jese's determined run allowed defender Raphael Varane to set up Morata for a well-taken equaliser.

Cristiano Ronaldo then netted a 94th-minute winner for the second successive week but it was the two substitutes, both aged 20, who earned the praise of their Italian coach.

Ancelotti told Marca: "Morata and Jese do not need to convince me. I have great confidence in them, they have done very well for the team. My confidence in them is the same as before."

"Morata is ready to start games. He does not have the experience of (Karim) Benzema but he is young, has enthusiasm and great skill in the area. Morata is very important to us and is doing very well."

Morata, a 69th-minute replacement for Isco, added: "I am very happy. It was a match that we have not started well, but we worked hard and we were able to achieve victory.

"We must be patient, little by little we are playing better."

Levante led twice, through Papa Baba Diawara and Nabil El Zhar, but Madrid equalised within four minutes on each occasion through first Sergio Ramos and then Morata.

Ancelotti said: "The win was very important because it was very difficult. It was not given to us, we had to fight and in the second half we deserved to win.

"The first half was not very good but the second was totally different. We need to concentrate better, we gifted them two goals and the game was very difficult but the team worked hard to win the game.

"We have to be critical, we were not at our best technically or tactically, but the team's reaction at the end was very good. When players fight we can improve and we need to improve."