Bale: We weren’t best friends with Zidane
Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale spoke about his relationships with Zinedine Zidane and recalled a match with Liverpool (3:1) in the Champions League final.
Bale came off the bench in the 61st minute and brought an important victory to Los Blancos thanks to two goals scored in the final.
Gareth said that he didn’t speak to Zidane after that match. They had good professional relationships, but it wasn’t friendship or something similar.
Bale was very upset that he hadn’t played in that match from the first minutes. He just recovered from an injury and joined the team well, scoring 5 goals in 4 games. Nevertheless, the coach decided not to include him in the team’s starting line-up for the match against Liverpool.
The Welshman admitted that he reviewed his goal several times. At that moment, he didn’t try to prove anything to anyone, because he didn’t need it. He just wanted to do better for the team. In such evenings, everyone wants to go home with a trophy. If the coach decided that Bale should enter the field for the last 30 minutes, it was okay.
Bale has played 26 matches for Real Madrid in the current season, scoring 11 goals and giving 5 assists.
(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)