Madrid (AFP) -Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has shot
down any suggestions Gareth Bale could return to play at left-back after Brazilian
international Marcelo was ruled out for a couple of weeks by a hamstring
Marcelo will miss both legs of Real's Champions League
quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund with the first leg taking place at the
Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
Bale began his career at left-back at Southampton and
Tottenham Hotspur before twice becoming Premier League Player of the Year from
a more advanced position and Ancelotti insisted that the Welshman would
maintain his place on the right side of Real's attack.
"Bale at full-back is not an option for us," he
told his pre-match press conference ahead of Dortmund's visit to the Spanish
"We have a problem with Marcelo, but we can cover his
absence well with (Fabio) Coentrao. He is fresh and will replace him without
Bale was on target twice in Real's 5-0 win over Rayo
Vallecano on Saturday as Ancelotti's men bounced back from consecutive defeats
to Barcelona and Sevilla.
That double took the former Tottenham man's tally for the
season to 16, but he has been criticised for his lack of impact in Real's
Ancelotti admitted that Bale can be inconsistent, but
defended the player's attitude and claimed that was to be expected given the
type of player he is and the position he plays in.
"I think it is true he is a little intermittent, but
that is a characteristic of all forwards and especially very quick players.
"Players with that speed can't have a continuous
influence likes other players with different characteristics like Xabi Alonso.
"His inconsistency is a physical characteristic of the
player, like Cristiano (Ronaldo) or (Karim) Benzema. It is not an attitude
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