Bale return will make Madrid even better, says Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rejected suggestions that Gareth Bale will struggle to get back into his side after they racked up their 11th consecutive win in all competitions with a 4-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday.
Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rejected suggestions that Gareth Bale will struggle to get back into his side after they racked up their 11th consecutive win in all competitions with a 4-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday.
The Welshman has missed the European champions` last five games due to a muscle injury with Isco and James Rodriguez impressing in his absence.
"Everyone thinks that Bale is a problem, but I think he is a player that will help us to be even better," said Ancelotti.
Rodriguez took his tally for Madrid to six goals in 17 games as he scored twice, including one sensational volley as Madrid moved ahead of Barcelona to the top of La Liga for at least a couple of hours before the Catalans face Celta Vigo later on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo continued his incredible form by scoring in his 12th consecutive match for Madrid to open the scoring and also teed up Karim Benzema with a lovely backheel for the visitors third goal.
And with such an array of attacking talent on offer to Ancelotti, Real captain Iker Casillas believes this side could mark a golden era in the club`s history.
"The current Madrid team has grown after winning two trophies last season and we want to continue like that," he said.
"We are getting the results and the players that have arrived are just as good as those who left.
"Hopefully this team can mark an era. There are very good ingredients and we hope to win trophies."
With his side comfortably on course for victory, Ancelotti could afford the luxury of replacing Isco and Luka Modric in the second-half to keep them fresh for the visit of Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday.
However, right-back Dani Carvajal is a doubt for that game after limping off in the first-half to be replaced by former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa.