Mancini also faced Real last season when in charge of Manchester City.
"Playing in the Bernabéu against Real Madrid is fantastic, the best thing in life, and we hope to do our job well. Carlo (Ancelotti) is one of the best coaches in Europe, he's trained some very good teams and I'm sure that he's doing really well here. He's a very good, calm person.
"I think that Madrid were strong last season and they're strong this year too. Maybe they can improve this year with Bale, who's a great player, and because of the change of coach. But we're talking about the very best and playing here is always difficult."
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