MADRID, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti may be on the verge of sitting in the dugout for his first ever ' Clasico' between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Italian knows exactly what to expect.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of Saturday's game in Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium, Ancelotti said he had watched all of the recent games between the two sides and had even taken out a subscription to pay TV to be able to see it.
Madrid travel to Barcelona on the back of wins at home to Malaga and Juventus and Ancelotti admitted that after being questioned at the start of the season his side was playing better football.
"We have improved a lot in all aspects in the past week," he said. "The idea is to go and play and show our quality and our football. I hope we have the courage and personality to play football."
Ancelotti hinted on radio on Wednesday night that Gareth Bale might start on Saturday after being substitute for the last two matches, but on Friday he was less forthcoming, saying that the winger had not really had time to recover after Wednesday's match at home to Juventus.
"I have to see the training session and then I will take a decision," he said, before also keeping his cards close to his chest when asked whether he would play Alvaro Morata or Karim Benzema in attack.
"Morata is in better shape because Benzema did a good job helping defend against Juventus and he is more tired, but we will need quality on Saturday and not just physical condition and experience is also important in these games, but I can't say who will play tomorrow," said the Real Madrid coach, who also had praise for midfielder, Asier Illaramendi.
Ancelotti praised Tato Martino, his opposite number at Barca, highlighting that it was a difficult task to coach the club after Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova and he highlighted that despite the arrival of Neymar over the summer Barca's philosophy had not really changed although, "they have more attacking quality that a year ago."
Last year saw Madrid play twice in Barcelona, drawing 2-2 in the league before beating Barca 3-1 in the Copa del Rey, but, "I don't know who is favorite," commented the Real Madrid coach.
"Everyone thinks Barca are favorites, but that is not bad for us," he concluded.