The Italians dominated for long stretches, but it was the Spanish side who walked away with a win at San Siro.
Carlo Ancelotti admitted Real Madrid had to “suffer” in their Champions League encounter with Inter Milan on Wednesday night.
Inter Milan were simply the superior team in the opening 45 minutes and could’ve taken at least a 2-0 lead had Thibaut Courtois not been at his absolute best.
The Serie A champions faced severe punishment for being unable to convert their chances when Real Madrid found the net from what was only their second shot on target at minute 89 and went on to win the game 1-0.
“I liked the game because we had to suffer and we suffered being compact,” Ancelotti told the press post-match, per Marca.
“I like that, knowing how to suffer and showing that this team can sacrifice and has character.
“It was a very important victory, we were better in the second half than in the first, we didn’t concede a goal thanks to Courtois in the first half.
“I wanted to open the game from the wings, that’s why I put Rodrygo on.
“The game was won by the players, then the changes were important because the players were fresh.”