Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka heaped praise on the effort of his team after their 3-2 comeback win over Valladolid, singling out Mesut Ozil for a special mention.
Ozil scored two stunning goals, taking his tally to five goals in the past seven matches. Karim Benzema also netted for Madrid after Manucho twice put the hosts ahead from corners, and Karanka believes it was Ozil who inspired the team to fight back.
"He played well, but not only with the ball and scoring the goals, he also did what he needed to. We know very well how well he can play and he showed that throughout the match," he told the club's official website.
"The work that he did without the ball during the match was spectacular. Today we saw the Mesut Ozil that we all know and that we all like to see.
"We made mistakes at set-pieces, but you have bear in mind that they were momentary lapses that are correctable and more than anything we can come away confident in the team's comeback ability, having twice made up for the two mistakes. We fought back in a tough and important match."
Jose Mourinho made a tactical switch in the Madrid defence after the team's went into the interval locked at 2-2, and his assistant Karanka insists it was that decision which led the visitors to a valuable three points.
"We were drawing at half-time and we took off Nacho, who had played well and did what he had been asked to, but we were looking for more depth.
"We put Callejon at left-back and took off Arbeloa to put Ramos at right-back and look for more up the wing. Xabi [Alonso] also played at centre-back for a while so that we had more options to build from the back.
"When we went ahead we put Varane at wing-back, which is a more normal change, but the changes we made were all with a view to getting the win," he said.