Gareth Bale: Real Madrid more relaxed without Ronaldo

Ross Houston
September 18, 2018

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail about his future in the game, and refused to rule out a return to England on day, leaving the door open to potentially rejoining Tottenham.

He scored his first goals this weekend, grabbing a double in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo.

Within three minutes of his introduction, Bale had converted an acrobatic bicycle kick from Marcelo's floated cross to put Real Madrid ahead and later added a long-range second past Loris Karius to help seal a 3-1 victory. "It's obvious that Cristiano is a brutal loss for Madrid, but Madrid are Madrid".

Valencia are playing in the tournament for the first time since being knocked out in the 2015-16 group stage after finishing fourth in La Liga last season, but captain Dani Parejo isn't anxious about going up against the 33-year-old Ronaldo.

And the Brazilian reckons the time could be right for PSG to finally announce themselves on a European stage and win the competition. "You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home". If you don't try things, things never happen. Obviously, I was a little tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring, so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my team-mates for supporting me throughout.

And Alves says he's changed the spirit in the dressing room already. I gave him loads of assists and he doesn't need me to remind him of that! The important thing is that the team wins.

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