Gareth Bale: 'Real Madrid will slowly return to best form'

Welshman Gareth Bale has had a disappointing season as he looks to turn his fortunes around

Bale has now scored eight goals in 12 appearances for Madrid in domestic and European competition during an injury-plagued campaign.

The Portuguese star was also in the spotlight when he got injured towards the end of the game.

The Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo connection could be crucial to the side salvaging some silverware from what has been a disappointing season by their standards. Ronaldo then pulled of an ego-maniacal move as people describe it when he used a mobile phone to check the status of his facial injury.

A cross fell to Bale at the far post, and he superbly came back inside before curling a wonderful shot into the far corner three minutes before the break.

The floodgates opened in the second half, with Bale adding his second 13 minutes after the break with a towering header and Luka Modric expertly whipping home Real's fourth ten minutes later from outside the area. "What we have to do is win games to stop it happening", said Zidane after the 7-1 win.

To be fair to Ronaldo, he had just been kicked in the head.

"They are three players that have produced great things in the past", said Zidane.

"I think they want to bother us a bit", the defender told Canal+ of the Spanish press ahead of Sunday's trip to second-placed Lyon.

Real, now fourth in La Liga, trails league leaders FC Barcelona by nine points.

With the league practically in the bag, they must overturn a 1-0 deficit against local rivals Espanyol to make the Copa del Rey semi-finals.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.



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