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The Brazilian playmaker says the most important thing at Madrid is the teams mental strength...

As his side prepares to take on Primera Division newcomers Xerez at the Bernabeu on Sunday, Kaka has told AS that he is relishing the freedom he has on the pitch playing for Real Madrid.

Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini employs a 4-2-2-2 system that grants his attacking players the freedom to roam anywhere in the attacking third, something the ex-Milan midfielder favours.

"I love the 4-2-2-2 formation of Pellegrini because the players have the freedom of getting around where ever we want. When we have the ball at our feet the coach gives us the freedom to move and that is very positive for everyone," Kaka explained.

"We should not be imprisoned in the same position throughout the match."

The 27-year-old added that he has learned from past experiences in football that the key for Madrid, in trying to grow as a team, is the mental toughness of the group as a whole.

"The team grows game by game, we are seeing an evolution. We need to be a strong group and have the ability to decide a game at any time.

"Sometimes you can have games where the ball just won't go in. So we have to create chances and more chances until  the ball crosses the goal line. I've played in teams with tremendous talent and ultimately gained nothing. The most important thing is the strength of the group. I have learned that being a team is the important thing."

Paul Madden, Goal.com

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