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