Carlo Ancelotti reveals what he expects from Mallorca against Real Madrid on Sunday

Real Madrid host Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday as we aim to continue our perfect start to the season.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference revealed he expects Mallorca to defend well and hit Real Madrid on the counter.

Ancelotti said: “Mallorca have done a great job in recent games, they’ve been solid at the back. They’ve only conceded three and they were penalties. They’ll set up to defend and hit us on the counter.”

Ancelotti also revealed Eden Hazard will start in place of the injured Karim Benzema against Mallorca.

Ancelotti added: “Hazard played against Celtic and he’ll do the same tomorrow. I hope he can put in a repeat performance.

“Injuries happen. Benzema had a small issue against Celtic and he was out for a while in December last year too and we managed to replace him just fine.

“The team played brilliantly without him against Celtic, especially up top, and I hope to see more of the same tomorrow.”