Ancelotti praises Bale desire

Bale scored twice before half-time in a win that leaves Real one point behind Barcelona with two sides meeting next weekend in a vital Clasico.

Criticised by Real fans following the midweek Champions League loss to Schalke and occasionally booed by the home crowd this season, Ancelloti was pleased with the response from not only Bale but the whole team.

“I saw a more motivated Bale with more desire, but the whole team had more desire and concentration today. Everyone understood what we had to do and what we have to do next Sunday,??? he said.

The Italian responded to Tuesday’s stunning 4-3 defeat at home to Schalke in the Champions League by recalling Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos to the starting line-up for the first time after long-term spells on the sidelines, whilst Keylor Navas was selected in goal ahead of the under-fire Iker Casillas.

And Ancelotti recognised that Bale was a lot more comfortable with his old Spurs team-mate Modric alongside him.

“The influence of Modric is positive. It gives Bale more opportunities to be involved in the game,” added Ancelotti. “They played together at Tottenham and he is definitely more comfortable with Modric.”

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score but played a role in both of Bale???s goals. Ancelotti praised the contribution of the player who earlier in the season showed his frustration at Bale when the Wales winger opted to shoot instead of passing to him.

“I think the first half was good, we played well, with good intensity and quality. We had control of the game,” Ancelotti said in the post-match media conference.

“In the second half we were more relaxed. I think Cristiano’s alive because the first goal came from a shot which the defender saved and then Bale scored the second in the same way. Cristiano didn’t score but was alive in the game.”