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Real Madrid will be taking on the newly promoted Elche on Wednesday night without the world’s most expensive player in the ranks. The club are already chasing champions Barcelona in the league table after having dropped two points. Barcelona have started the new season with six victories on the bounce. Hence, there is a lot of pressure on Madrid before they take on Elche, who could prove to be a surprise package of the season. Even though they are bottom of the table with no victories so far, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that they should not be taken lightly.

Even more important for Madrid is the fact that they will be playing against their local rivals Atletico Madrid during the weekend, and they need to be in top form before they take on the second placed team in the division. Atletico Madrid also have a perfect start to the new season, and as a result, are currently second in the table. They are also two points ahead of their local rivals. Hence, Madrid do need to win the match not only to maintain the bragging rights, but also to leapfrog into the second position.

Ancelotti said that Bale will not be part of the Elche match, but he could be fit for the weekend.

“It will not be easy. Every match, before the game you have to stay focused, stay concentrated. Of course we have to consider that we have more quality but if we don’t use the same motivation, the same character of the opposing team, it will be difficult. Bale trained apart from the rest of the squad and I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem. He won’t be available tomorrow but we have time to train with him to prepare him well for Saturday,” said Ancelotti.

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Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has said that the arrival of new manager Carlo Ancelotti will be changing the style of play at the club. Real Madrid recently brought in the former Chelsea manager as the replacement for José Mourinho, who left the club after three years in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. During this time, Mourinho embarked on a different style of football that has left some Real Madrid fans bewildered. Unlike in the past, Real Madrid played a counter-attacking style of football that depended greatly on the pace and skills of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ozil has revealed that Real Madrid will be playing different under Ancelotti, who is now going to place more emphasis on ball retention and speed of passing. Ancelotti is a well respected manager after he has won league titles in three different countries. He has also lifted the Champions league title as a player and as a manager. He is expected to use Ozil in the middle of the park rather than in the wings as José Mourinho. The German international has revealed that he is more comfortable than just behind the striker rather than on the wings.

Madrid have strengthened substantially over the summer in order to reclaim the league title that they lost to Barcelona last season.

“The right wing is not my favourite position, I prefer to play in the hole. However, my relationship with the coach is very good. We’re training well and are very happy. Ancelotti knows how he wants to play, and his ideas are clear. He also has the right players for this system. He wants to play differently to Mourinho and our game will be more about speed and keeping the ball,” said the 24-year-old midfielder. After the departure of Higuain, Ozil is expected to play a key role in the team.

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Real Madrid have said that manager José Mourinho will leave the club at the end of the season. The club president Florentino Perez confirmed that the decision is a mutual one and nobody has been sacked. Mourinho will leave the club after having won only league title as the major trophy. However, he can point to the numerous close shaves that the club had in the European competitions. Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final stage on numerous occasions under Mourinho.

Mourinho will be part of the Real Madrid team for the remaining two matches of the season, but then he is widely expected the join Chelsea in the summer. The 50-year-old has managed to win the league title and the Copa del Rey during his three years at the club. This season, they have fallen 13 points behind their arch rivals Barcelona, while they were also defeated by rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final. Their hopes of winning the 10th European title were destroyed by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Mourinho has not had the peaceful times at the Santiago Bernabeu, while his fallout with key players of the Real Madrid squad like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos has also been surprising.

“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end. Nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement. The club and manager agree the timing is right to bring our relationship to an end. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Jose Mourinho for all his hard work. The team has improved in his three years and we wish him all the best. We have no pre-contract signed with any managerial candidate,” said Perez while also declining suggestions that Ancelotti could be the next manager at Real Madrid.

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