Carlos Ancelotti has admitted that Mesut Ozil had great attacking qualities but the Real Madrid manager insists his side are just as good without the Arsenal midfielder.
Ozil made the move to north London from the Spanish capital on deadline day and has since bexcelled for Arsenal. He had a hand in all three goals against Stoke at the weekend and is being lauded by some in England as the signing of the summer.
Madrid have since claimed that the Germany international didn't have the drive to be a Madrid player and some have questioned the move as curious with Ozil a regular starter with the Spanish giants while Arsenal have gone eight seasons without a trophy now.
But Ancelotti has now spoken of the quality Ozil possesses but maintains that Madrid have not been weakened after allowing him to leave.
The coach told AS: "He has great attacking qualities but in the last two games (against Galatasaray and Getafe) we've played without him we had no problem scoring goals, we scored 10 and we could have scored 15.
"We are still very good going forward even without Ozil."
Real Madrid have had a successful start to their season but a shock draw with Villarreal has left the side five points adrift from top-placed Barcelona and second-placed Atletico Madrid, though they have a game in hand.
The side are looking to regain the title after a turbulent last season underJose Mourinho's and their record-breaking purchase of Gareth Bale in the summer was a huge step towards showing Barcelona they have a tough fight on their hands keeping the La Liga title this season.
And while some of the Madrid players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, were believed to be angry over Ozil's transfer to Arsenal the side are now talking up Bale and are looking positive for the season ahead.