Gareth Bale made his first appearance for Real Madrid since returning from a hip injury to help Los Blancos record yet another win and coach Carlo Ancelotti was full of praise for the Welshman.
Goals from Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos, Benzema and Ronaldo helped Real Madrid register an easy win over Rayo Vallecano and coach Carlo Ancelotti was satisfied with the dominating display of his players.
Speaking in a press conference after the match, Ancelotti said that: “We always try to play the same way. It’s clear that Gareth Bale gives us greater penetration and more depth. But our playing style doesn’t change. Playing against Rayo is always tricky because you can’t rely on dominating possession”
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti opted start the game against Rayo Vallecano with Gareth Bale at the expense of in-form Isco. Their midfield looked little imbalanced throughout the game in absence of Isco but Ancelotti justified his decision of dropping the young Spaniard for Gareth Bale.
“I took that decision because James had played 30 minutes less against Liverpool, but it may be the other way around in the next game, in that I could play Isco and not James”.
Toni Kroos was the best player for Real Madrid against Rayo and Ancelotti praised the efforts of the German in his press conference. He said: “Toni Kroos was the best player on the pitch and scored his first goal. I’m taken aback by how good he is. His goal was on the counter and he’s free to go up and attack. When he goes, Modric stays. It’s a good pairing and they play well.”
The BBC of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Benzema were on the scoresheet for Real Madrid and the Italian boss was satisfied with the performance of the trio in their re-union after the return of the Welshman. Ancelotti said: “I value the work of the strikers, especially from a defensive point of view. That’s what the team needs. They all did well. It’s nothing new for Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo to score.”
The form has Isco has given a selction headache for Ancelotti and there are calls for the inclusion of the youngster in starting XI by changing the formation to 4-4-2 but the Italian refused to reveal his future plans. Ancelotti said: “We try to always play the same way. Gareth Bale gives us more depth, but without changing the system, though you can’t really analyse that in a game against Rayo because they hold the ball a lot.”
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