Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed fears new signings Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cannot play in the same team together. Bale was signed by Madrid last week in a record-breaking transfer.
Considering both he and Ronaldo play as left-sided, goal-scoring wingers, concerns over whether their playing styles would suit each other began to emerge. Suggestions that Ronaldo might be moved to the centre also began to surface. Ancelotti, however, is adamant that the team can find a system that brings the best out of both players.
"No," Ancelotti responded to whether Ronaldo will be used as a striker.
"I think we'll be working out a system which will bring out the best characteristics of both players," he was quoted as saying in Goal.com.
"You need to field the top players where they feel comfortable," he continued. "Everything is going really well. Real Madrid is a massive club and it is well organised."
Ancelotti was keen to assure Bale that he made the right move in tranfering to Madrid.
"I'm in no doubt at all that it will all work out well for him [Bale]," he said. "There's been no problem at all in adapting. The team has changed a little since I came in."
"He's a great player and he's young," he added. "He wanted nothing more than to come here and play for Real Madrid and I'm sure he'll do well."
The Italian was also asked about the pressures of being manager of Real Madrid. He responded by underlining that his experience as a coach in different leagues has taught him how to deal with pressure.
"It's normal for a coach," he explained. "There is a great deal of pressure at Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain."
"There is pressure within both of those teams to reach objectives and you don't always reach them," he continued. "After so many years of experience, in the end you grow used to the pressure."