Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says securing results is more important than playing attractive football as his team prepare to face Mallorca (Match betting – Real Madrid 2/9, draw 11/2, Mallorca 12/1) in La Liga on Wednesday.
Los Blancos have started the season in good form, with 13 points from a possible 15 as they sit second.
They also grabbed a late winner in their first Champions League match of the season last week as Rodrygo’s goal was enough to sink Serie A champions Inter Milan.
Karim Benzema’s late winner last time saw them take all three points from Valencia and a repeat of that would put them back top of the table.
Ancelotti says a balance must be found in terms of playing style and admits that winning is the most important aspect.
“Winning comes first. But you have more chances of winning if you play well,” the Italian said.
“Playing well means defending well. The key word for me in football is balance, doing well with and without the ball.”
It is a busy night of European football with action also to come from France and Italy.
PSG are in action away at Metz (Match betting – Metz 10/1, draw 5/1, PSG 1/4) with Lionel Messi unavailable after suffering bone bruising in his knee.
Nevertheless, Les Parisiens have made an ominously good start to the season as they sit top with six wins from six – five clear of second-place Marseille.
Serie A is also busy on Wednesday with AC Milan and Juventus in action.
The Rossoneri could go joint-top if they beat Venezia (Match betting – AC Milan 2/9, draw 11/2, Venezia 11/1) at the San Siro, though are likely to be behind Inter, who have amassed a very impressive goal difference already.
Much of the focus though will be on Juventus after their horror start to the 2021/22 season.
Max Allegri, brought in to replace Andrea Pirlo for his second spell, has overseen a winless start after four games in Serie A.
The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United has blunted their attack and now the Old Lady are already adrift of their rivals in the title race
They travel to 12th place Spezia (Match betting – Spezia 8/1, draw 4/1, Juventus 1/3), who have won one from four so far.