Cape Town - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti reveals everything went to plan in their Champions League quarter final second leg against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Javier Hernandez scored the only goal across two legs of the tie in the 88th minute of the game to seal Los Blancos passage into the final four.
Despite leaving it late, Ancelotti praised his side for taking control of the fixture and maintains it was their plan all along.
"We had the passion to find the solution in the last minutes but this was our idea going into this game," he told Sky Sports.
"We had good control of the game from the beginning, good possession and we didn't give them the opportunity to play counter attack."
The result means Real are still on course to become the first team to successfully defend a Champions League title, but the Italian boss is well aware of how difficult the task remains.
"We'll try. It won't be easy but anything can happen. We are competitive and we'll try to do our best," he added.
Ancelotti was happy with Hernandez' contribution considering the lack of opportunities he has had since joining Real on loan from Manchester United.
"He was a fantastic solution because he played really well with a lot of intensity," the 55-year-old said.
"He deserved it because he hasn't played a lot this season but when I told him to play he was ready.
"He was professional and I'm happy for him."