Real Madrid have monumental task ahead of them tonight as they have to overcome first leg deficit of two goals against city rivals Atletico and coach Ancelotti has tried to bring his star attackers together by claiming that the relations between Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are ‘perfect’.
Gareth Bale was booed by the Santiago Bernabeu faithful on Saturday for his ‘selfish’ game as he did not give a pass to Ronaldo, who was in a better position to score a goal. This incident did go not down too well with Ronaldo and he is reportedly unhappy with the attitude of Gareth Bale.
However, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has come forward to cool off the talk of spat between his two important players by claiming that all is well between them.
“Their relationship is excellent. I’ve seen the passage of play from the other day and I thought it was difficult to pass the ball. I don’t need to talk to Gareth Bale about that. He’s doing very well, he played a fantastic match against Espanyol. He is in top physical condition and I think he’ll have a great match against Atlético. ‘They get on perfectly’,” claimed Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti also said in his pre-match press conference that his players know how to play against Atletico.
“We know how to play against Atlético. We know each other very well, we need a match with intensity and to have cool heads. We have 90 minutes to turn it around, we have to be patient. We’re playing against a team that defends very well and is very organised, the best team in Europe in defence.”
“Balance is key to winning. It’s an important match in an important moment of the season. We have to be calm, because only then will we produce our best. It’s clear that Atletico are going to play an intense match. It’s one of the key factors in trying to win.”
The Real Madrid boss also congratulated Ronaldo for winning the Ballon d’Or. “For Ronaldo, individual awards are a source of motivation. Tomorrow he’ll start thinking about the fourth Ballon d’Or.”