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Carlo Ancelotti: "Bale Will Stay In Madrid For Recovery"

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media before the match against Levante (Saturday 20:00 CET).

Denis Doyle

The Italian coach held the usual pre-match press conference at Valdebebas' Press Room. There, he spoke about Karim Benzema, Fàbio Coentrao, Raphäel Varane and the team as a whole.

Carlo Ancelotti announced that there will be some changes for tomorrow's lineup after the 4-0 win against Copenhaguen:

We're going to make some rotations tomorrow to avoid some trouble. [Asked about Morata] Maybe he will start. We will make changes for tomorrow's game. The players that didn't start the match against Copenhaguen will have a chance to start tomorrow.

The Italian coach also said that he is happy about the team's performance under the 4-3-3 formation:

I liked how we played with the 4-3-3, we had a good balance. It all depends on Cristiano's position.

Ancelotti spoke about Gareth Bale as well.

Bale is going to stay here. He's not traveling to Wales. He will stay here working to get in shape these 15 days. He will be ready for the next match [Málaga]. He's not happy, that's normal. He was looking forward to get minutes and he's a bit disappointed now. But it's not a big injury, so he will surely recover soon and well.

Ancelotti was asked about Casemiro's role with the team so far. The Brazilian midfielder played a big part on Real's good preseason but he's not been an important player on Ancelotti's plans.

Casemiro is really young and we need to be careful. When we have pressure it's harder to play with the youngest players. He will be an important player on Real Madrid's future.

Raphäel Varane played the whole match against Copenhaguen and did really well. Here's what Ancelotti had to say about that performance:

The most important thing is that Varane played again. I'm sure he will bring some competitiveness for the starting spot in the center of the defense.

Ancelotti also said that he does not regret Özil's departure.

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