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Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Ancelotti: I don’t know if Bale will start against PSG


Carlo Ancelotti has left the door open for Gareth Bale to start Real Madrid‘s crucial Champions League tie away at Paris Saint-Germain next Tuesday night, following his impressive performance away at Villarreal on Saturday afternoon.

The Welshman might not have got on the scoresheet in the 0-0 draw at the Estadio de la Ceramica, but he played well as a striker in the absence of Karim Benzema.

“I don’t know [if Bale will start against PSG],” Ancelotti said during his post-match press conference.

“We’ll have to wait and see what happens in the next few days. Hopefully we can get everyone back.

“He’s had the chance [to play] and he’s delivered, he could have scored, he’s been dangerous… Everything we asked of him.”

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Ancelotti’s analysis of Villarreal draw

The Italian coach recognises that his team’s goals have dried up a little in recent weeks, but he was more concerned by the manner of their performance in the first half against Villarreal.

“We have lacked goals in the last few games. With a bit of success and luck we could have scored; we’ve had three one-on-ones, hit the crossbar twice…” Ancelotti explained.

“I’m worried about the team when they are not creating chances to score. We need to be more clinical, but I was more worried about the team in the first half, when they were not very committed.”

Fouls on Vinicius

Vinicius Junior was targeted throughout his time on the pitch during Real Madrid‘s match against Villarreal on Saturday, with Unai Emery‘s side regularly fouling him, but Ancelotti does not think it is a big issue.

“I’m not worried. He has to understand that this can happen,” he commented.

“He has to stay focused on the game. He played a good game, he doesn’t have to waste energy on these things.”

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