Ancelotti: Bale has the support of Madrid fans

The Italian has given the 25-year-old his full support and has stressed that Madrid will not underestimate Sevilla in Wednesday’s Liga encounter

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has again defended Gareth Bale against accusations of selfishness and believes the Wales international still has the backing of the fans.

The former Tottenham man came in for criticism last month after going for goal himself rather than set up Cristiano Ronaldo in a dangerous position, while he was again jeered by parts of the crowd at the weekend after taking a chance off James Rodriguez, only to aim wide from close range.

Nevertheless, Ancelotti sees no reason for Bale to change his game and was quick to stress that the 25-year-old was also applauded by the Madrid fans at certain stages.

“Bale being selfish? Gareth is doing everything he can to help the team,” Ancelotti said at a press conference.

“The Bernabeu also applauded him two or three times last Saturday.

“Could he play on the left and Ronaldo in the centre? I don’t see that happening…”

The Madrid coach then went on to stress that they will not take Wednesday’s match against Sevilla lightly, insisting he will not rest any players for the derby against Atletico at the weekend.

“I will field more or less the same team that beat Sociedad on Saturday.

“Resting players? The most important game is the one against Sevilla. Not the one against Atletico after that. Sevilla are very dangerous opponents.”

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