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Villarreal Prepare For Clash With Real Madrid And New Signing Gareth Bale

posted 13 Sep 2013, 06:34 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 13 Sep 2013, 06:35 ]

Villarreal coach is not expecting much from Bale in first match.

VILLARREALSPAIN (SEPTEMBER 13, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Villarreal prepared on Friday (September 13) for their league clash against Real Madrid, and they are hoping to be one of the few teams that beat the "whites" this season.

Villarreal, along with Atletico Madrid the only other team to win their opening three games, are eager to test themselves against opponents of Real's calibre after spending a year in the second division last term.

Led by Marcelino Garcia, who took the reins of the team in 2012, Villarreal might be the first team to see Gareth Bale on his debut with Real Madrid, but the 48-year-old coach said he was not too worried about the Wales winger.

"It is soon to know what a player like Gareth Bale can give Real Madrid. He comes from a different team and a different league and he has joined an extremely demanding team. We know what a good player he is, but mentally an inmediate adaptation is very hard. But, to a team that is very fast and disruptive, he can make them even faster and more unsettling, if possible," he told reporters at a news conference.

After arriving in the Spanish capital on Wednesday, Bale had his first workout with his new team mates and although Real have a number of players injured, coach Carlo Ancelotti is unlikely to deploy him from the start at the Madrigal.

"We must focus on all the players, beacuse they are all great players, because if we focus on Real Madrid's most disruptive player - and that is Cristiano Ronaldo - then they will surprise us with somebody else. We need teamwork to avoid these players from feeling confortable on the pitch," Garcia stated.

Villarreal have shown real attacking flair under coach Marcelino they and their performances so far this term suggest they are more likely to be challenging for a place in Europe than flirting with relegation come the end of the campaign.

Marcelino Garcia said they would try and give Ancelotti's side a hard time at EL Madrigal.

"We are going to try to give them a hard time. But what would a win mean? That we have chances to win the title? That is really silly. It would be great and motivating to reach 12 points, but nothing more," he said.