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Bale and Benzema give Real Madrid selection problems for Clasico

Posted on October 25, 2013 by admin

I think it is fair to say that Real Madrid fans are still sitting on the fence over the new manager Carlo Ancelotti. Although there were some hardcore Mourinho fans, most people connected with the club were glad to see the back of the Portuguese manager, and were really looking forward to the new era under the Italian.

The problem has been, however, that there has not been a very noticeable change from last season. The results have been better, but they have come with no small amount of luck. The performances have been good at times but inconsistent. Having said that, a win tomorrow in the Nou Camp will see Madrid draw level on points with current La Liga leaders Barcelona, and the Ancelotti era will have really started.

So the two big decisions the coach has to make are absolutely vital, and he will have been thinking long and hard about them. Should he keep faith with below par Karim Benzema, with young Morata the fans’ favourite knocking on the door? And should he start with the big summer signing Gareth Bale? The Welshman has declared himself fit to start, but if he is not quite ready and picks up another injury, there will be serious questions about the wisdom of playing him and even signing him at all. Ancelotti needs to get these right, because a defeat by Barcelona will have a lot of Madrid fans doubting him.

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