Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ancelotti content with Real Madrid squad even without Bale

After several young additions this summer, including Spanish U-21 playmaker Isco, Carlo Ancelotti is content with his Real Madrid side. 

LOS ANGELES – Reports in England and Spain suggest Real Madrid is close to a 100 million pound move for Gareth Bale. Ask coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, and he'll tell you his roster is robust enough without the Welshman.

“Now the squad is OK. It's fine,” Ancelotti said. “I'm happy with the squad. They have all the quality – technical, strong personality, young players. We have 28 players; it's enough.”

Prior to those comments, the Italian oversaw a 2-1 win against Everton in the Guinness International Champions Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil each scored and assisted one.

Everton coach Roberto Martinez certainly doesn't think Los Blancos lack firepower, mentioning that in the first half Madrid's counterattack threatened to rip apart his team.

“I think Carlo Ancelotti, what he brings to Real Madrid is a very well organized structure, but a real love for looking after the football well and triangles all over the place,” Martinez said. “Then you've got probably the best forward line in world football.”

Karim Benzema started alongside Ronaldo in the first half. In the second, Ricardo Kaka played off youngster Alvaro Morata.

Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema and the since-departed Gonzalo Higuain scored 61 goals in La Liga Last season. Tim Howard called Real Madrid “scary.”

With two wins from two, the Spanish side advances to the final of the ICC. Either Chelsea or AC Milan await in Miami.

“Yeah, Chelsea or Milan, for me, is the same,” Ancelotti said. “It will be a very exciting game. I trained Chelsea, I trained Milan, so it will be a special game.”

Real Madrid kicks off the upcoming league season on Aug. 18 against Real Betis.