Pellegrini: Real squad is complete
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini believes his squad is now "complete" and ready for the challenge of a new La Liga campaign. The Bernabeu club have invested heavily over the summer, bringing in the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema in a bid to wrest the domestic and UEFA Champions League trophies away from arch-rivals Barcelona.
The pre-season signs have been encouraging, and they rounded off their preparations with a 4-0 defeat of Rosenborg last night. Pellegrini is hopeful it will all come together again when they kick off their league campaign against Deportivo on Saturday.
"The pre-season has been very positive and we've managed to prepare the squad well, allowing every man to play more or less the same time," he told the club's official website. "The team is solid in defence and has potential in attack.
"We keep possession more on our opponent's half of the pitch, allowing us to showcase our technical differences. This squad is complete. It gives us alternatives to try out different things. We still have to polish some aspects of our game, but I'm not worried about that."
Pellegrini has also been impressed by Ronaldo, although he believes the Portugal winger requires more time to settle in following his move from Manchester United. "Cristiano Ronaldo needs a little time to adapt to his new team's style," the 55-year-old said.
"Every player on the squad is working hard to be fit and play well. Cristiano has experienced a change in style and now lives in a different country. He needs a little more time unlike those who already know La Liga."
Ronaldo himself is looking forward to the challenges ahead, with Real desperate to improve on their showing last term. "The team is doing well. We are working hard and preparing for the start of La Liga," he said.
"I feel comfortable and relaxed. I am working hard and I am waiting for the league to begin. I'm sure things will turn out as we want them to. We must take things slowly, get in good shape and think positively at all times."