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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | GALATASARAY-MADRID

"If both perform, Diego will play La Liga and Iker in Europe"

Speaking at Monday's pre-match press conference, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Iker Casillas will start against Galatasaray.

Manu Sainz

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faced the media in a pre-match press conference in Istanbul as ‘Los Blancos’ prepare to take on Galatasaray in Tuesday’s Champions League group stage opener.

Gareth Bale’s position in the team: “He’s a player who can play in all positions. I put him on the right [against Villarreal on Saturday] because I think that’s where he likes to play, but he can play in a number of positions.”

Iker Casillas to start at the Türk Telekom Arena: “I’ve changed my mind: Diego López is going to play [laughs]. I’m joking. Iker will play. I have two very good goalkeepers who have a fantastic attitude and in my opinion Diego deserves to play in La Liga and Iker, because of his professionalism and his ability, should play in the Champions League. Casillas has a lot of experience. He seems calm and I think he’s going to have a great match. He has all the ability to deal with the pressure; he has no problem with that.”

Goalkeepers: “If both perform well, Diego López will play in La Liga and Iker Casillas will play the Champions League for the whole season.”

Starting eleven: “It’ll be more or less the same as the side that played against Villarreal. [Álvaro] Arbeloa has recovered and we’ll see how he trains today. We have to be careful with Bale, because he played 60 minutes [against Villarreal] after a difficult pre-season. He didn’t have any problems after the match [on Saturday], but we have to think about it a little before putting him on the pitch. We’ll see on Tuesday.”

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