Ancelotti coy over keeping options

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he has yet to decide whether Iker Casillas or Diego Lopez will start in goal against Real Betis.

The Italian tactician gave his final Press conference before his first game in charge against the Verdiblancos on Sunday, and the Coach has commented on the goalkeeping situation, Gareth Bale and the standard of La Liga.

“I still haven't decided, I will do tomorrow,” he told reporters. “I'm not going to announce my starting line-up because I still haven't spoken with the players, I prefer to speak with them first and then we'll put out a competitive team.

“Diego Lopez began work on 15 July and Casillas 1 August. That's not a big difference for a goalkeeper.

“Both players had good pre-season campaigns and played well – Iker did well against Chelsea, Diego against Inter. It's not an easy decision for me, it's normal. As a coach, choosing which players should play is the hardest part of my job.

“I'm very happy with the squad I have, but the best players will always make a team better.

“I'm very happy with the team, there is a good balance because there is a lot of experience and other young players. We have a good atmosphere and when the team is united, there are no problems. The team is united and I hope it will stay that way for the whole season.

“It's important to have style of play which the players are comfortable playing in. Pressing high up the pitch is the best thing for the team. If we press deeper then we can launch more counterattacks, but our plan is to have good control of the ball.

“It's true that Madrid and Barcelona have very strong squads, with a lot of quality players, but it will be a competitive league because there are other good teams like Atlético, Real Zaragoza, that also have a lot of quality.”

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