Ancelotti cheered by Bale debut
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was more than happy with Gareth Bale's contribution after the world-record signing scored on his debut in a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
The Wales winger, an £85.3million capture from Tottenham, equalised in the 39th minute after Ruben Cani had fired the Yellow Submarine in front.
Bale's debut on Saturday night lasted just over an hour and his departure passed the spotlight back to Cristiano Ronaldo, the player he replaced as the world's most expensive, who fortuitously put the visitors in front in the 64th minute.
The home side deservedly earned a point, though, and secured it when their own former Spurs wideman Giovani dos Santos struck in the 70th minute.
Ancelotti admitted afterwards Villarreal had made life tough for his side, who remain unbeaten in La Liga this season, but he was delighted with the performance of Bale.
"It was a difficult match. I don't think that was the worst that we have played," Ancelotti told Real's official website.
"The team's reaction after the first goal was good. We scored two goals and if we had paid a little bit more attention we could have won but it's a fair result because Villarreal played well. They are a good team.
"I think he (Bale) is happy to score his first goal for Real Madrid. He played in a difficult match and he played well, showing his good attitude.
"It was a hard match for everyone."