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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Bale shining at Madrid

photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mktxo/9683451535/">Pablo Morquecho</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>
After his world record transfer to Real Madrid, all eyes were going to be fixated on Bale and his start to life at Madrid. An injury at the start of the season was not ideal but Bale is now beginning to repay his considerable price tag.

Scoring on his debut, Bale immediately looked settled and ready to set La-Liga alight, unfortunately a thigh injury he sustained set him back and kept him out of action for a few weeks.

This injury was possibly a blessing in disguise, all the hype about Bale began to die down and by the time he was to return to first team action there was not as much pressure on his young shoulders.

Bale returned to fitness in time for the first “El Classico” of the season, unfortunately for him it was not his finest performance and due to Neymar stealing the show that night people questioned if Madrid had bought the right man.

Sure enough Bale responded in emphatic fashion scoring two and assisting two in a 7-3 victory over Sevilla, a massive confidence boost for Bale after the “El Classico” criticism.

Bale continued this form into November assisting another two goals in a 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano, his first Champions League goal for the club came away to Juventus when he gave Madrid a second half lead in a game that ended 2-2.

Bale managed another assist when Madrid faced Real Sociedad and won 5-1, another goal against Almeria in 5-0 win brought his tally in La-Liga to four goals and five assists in eight games, two of which were substitute appearances.

In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who watched from the stands, Bale duly stepped up to convert a sublime free kick as Madrid hammered Galatasaray 4-1, a goal Ronaldo himself would have been proud of.

This brought Bale’s stats in all competitions to six goals and five assists in the eight games he started in.

His old club Spurs may be struggling, but Bale certainly is not and is prospering into a great Real Madrid player.