Bale: 29 minutes … and overload

Gareth Bale was again the protagonist in the return to the league competition. The Welshman, who had always started as a shot after the breaks and always from the hand of Zidane, grabbed yesterday at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium: the eleven Real Madrid came in the 60th minute replacing Hazard and was barely hooked on the game. In his 29 minutes of the game he gave 11 passes, of which seven found a receiver (63.6%), but of those 11 passes, only two were on the opposite field. He lost five balls for a single recovery and was singled out for offside. He also did not shoot on goal (according to Opta data), in what was his 250th game in a white shirt. The Welshman once again left signs of being disconnected in this new reality with which all teams must coexist today. He was seen cold, like the atmosphere without an audience that was experienced in Di Stéfano … the day after the meeting, the training session was lost due to muscle overload. Surely, for the second weekly training, Zidane will already be able to count on his services.

The Welshman's attitude is not new. You need to feel important, but when it comes down to it, your performance declines: Of the 250 matches that Madrid's shirt has worn, he has only completed 115 since he arrived in the summer of 2013: 46% of the total. Of course, he has made his quality evident in finals such as the Copa del Rey in 2014 or in the Champions of 2014, 2016 and 2018. His big problem, injuries, have not allowed him to show off more. Nor was his attitude off the pitch, more aware of other things (he was seen entering the El Madrigal stadium following the evolution of the Augusta Masters on his mobile, or the celebration for the pass to the 2020 Euro Cup with the flag and the slogan “Wales. Golf. Madrid”.

Bale He is not a starter since the start since the match against Celta on February 16 at the Bernabéu, he has not scored since he did it to the Unionistas in Salamanca at the beginning of the year and in the league at home, his last goal goes back to the month of March 2019. This season started well, despite the fact that Zidane went on to say that he preferred it outside the team: he gave the pass of Madrid's first goal in the League (Benzema against Celta in Balaídos) and scored the two goals in Villarreal to prevent the Whites will leave empty on their visit to Castellón lands. That day he was expelled and a deja vu already seen in other seasons. This year, during the period of confinement, he was one of the few players who did not upload images to his social networks doing physical exercises at home. On his return he missed several training sessions because he was loaded. Like yesterday, when the match against Eibar ended …