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Ancelotti pleased with Bale debut

September 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti praised Gareth Bale's immediate influence after the Welshman scored the opening goal on his debut for Los Blancos.

The winger was handed a starting place in his first match under Ancelotti, and took little time to begin repaying Madrid's investment after his world record summer signing.

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His goal, and a strong presence in attack, made Bale one of Real's best players in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Villarreal, and Ancelotti said he was confident the 24-year-old would make a big impact at the Bernabeu.

"I think he is happy because scoring the first goal for Real Madrid is very good for him," the Italian said. "It was a difficult game for him, as for all the players, but he showed a good attitude on the pitch."

Bale often switched wings with Cristiano Ronaldo throughout the match, and Ancelotti suggested that would become a regular feature of Real's play.

"It was the first time they've played together, and they will swap positions now and then because their movement is in towards goal from the wings," Ancelotti added. "But they might change wings sometimes, it's nothing out of the ordinary."

New recruit Asier Illarramendi also made his first league appearance for Real and was withdrawn on the hour mark, with the two debutants earning praise from their coach.

"They played well," he said. "Their performances were good. I didn't play them for the full 90 minutes because in their first match it isn't a good idea, so after an hour I took them off."

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