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"Gareth Bale felt discomfort and we didn't want any problems"

"Gareth Bale felt discomfort and we didn't want any problems"

SERGIO BARRENECHEA (EFE)

Speaking after Madrid's win over Getafe, Carlo Ancelotti indicated he expects Bale to return against Atleti: "I think he’ll be back for Saturday's game".

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Italian discussed the injury to Gareth Bale, who missed the match after pulling up with a thigh strain in the warm-up. The Madrid coach also reflected on the performances of Karim Benzema, Ángel di María and Isco.

Bale: “He had a small problem in the warm-up. Having spoken to the doctors, I don’t think it’s a serious problem. But we’ll have to wait until he has a scan on Monday. The player felt discomfort and we didn't want any problems. He’s not happy right now because he was very excited about playing at the Bernabéu. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for, we’ll see what happens on Monday. I think he’ll be back for the game [against Atlético Madrid] on Saturday. The pre-season he had was unusual, not only in physical terms but also mentally. We’re training to improve his physical condition.”

Benzema: “I think he did a good job. He had a lot of chances to score; the crowd’s reaction was good, because they applauded him.”

Benzema’s form and chants for Álvaro Morata from the fans: “I don’t think Benzema felt pressure from the crowd: even if he doesn’t talk a lot, he’s a player with character. Applause and whistles are both good ways of motivating a player. By talking about Morata, that puts pressure on Morata. I think they are normal things on the field.”

Real Madrid’s performance: “We have a clear idea of how we want to play. We have to improve our combination play, and we need more variety. Sometimes we played the ball back a lot, but we’re getting better step by step.”

Di María: “He has a lot of quality, and fantastic commitment and dynamism. He works hard for the team, he helps the defence. He’s very important to us.”

Isco: “Everyone can all talk about Isco’s talent, [but] what’s unusual is the character he has brought to Real Madrid. For a 21-year-old, he has a lot of character on the pitch. Playing here, at a stadium with so much history, isn’t easy. Young players can feel the pressure but Isco has a lot of character.”

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