Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has been reflecting on the differences between Spanish and Italian football.

The former Parma, Juventus and AC Milan coach is in his first season at Real.

"Spanish football is different and reflects the philosophy and culture of this country," Ancelotti has told Radio Anch'Io Sport.

"And it is mostly played with much possession of the ball. It is different, certainly, to Italian football, which is experiencing a particular moment.

"There are cycles, it remains technically competitive, but to improve it is normal that there is a need for innovations in infrastructure.

"Spanish football is alive because there are young players who are interesting. We brought in five players to the squad this year, but everyone is talking about Gareth Bale."