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The Real Madrid boss insists Cesar Muniz was not put under pressure to award his side a controversial late penalty in midweek and expects Gareth Bale to be fit for the derby

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti believes referees should not be blamed for mistakes on the pitch any more than players or coaches.

Los Blancos were awarded a highly-controversial penalty late in the game against Elche in midweek, allowing them to seal a 2-1 win, but Ancelotti pointed to Juan Cala's disallowed goal for Sevilla against Barcelona earlier in the season as proof that officials cannot be expected to get decisions right all the time.

"I think [Saturday] will be a difficult game with a lot of pressure but I don't believe the referee was conditioned like that at Elche," he told a press conference.

"I prefer to think that referees, like players, make mistakes on the pitch, nothing more. It is not for me to judge if it was a penalty or not on Pepe or if it was a goal or not for Cala at Camp Nou. Coaches also make mistakes."

Ancelotti went on to reveal that Gareth Bale should be ready to return to action in the derby with Atletico Madrid this weekend after recovering from a thigh injury.

"Marcelo is not available. For Bale, we'll wait and see in training if he will be ready. I think he will. Then I have to make the decision if he will start or be on the bench," the Italian explained.

Atletico head into the game with a 100 per cent record to date in La Liga, but Ancelotti believes his side have the greater quality ahead of the crunch clash at the Bernabeu.

"It's hard to say if Atleti are more of a team than us. They are very compact and play very well. Of course, they are more aggressive than us and have more physical strength, but we have more quality. We are two different teams," the 54-year-old added.

"We'll give our best to win and after the game against Elche I think we'll play with a different spirit."

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