Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw against Villareal last night and that has invited criticisms from fans and pundits over the player’s performances.
One, in particular, was regarding Gareth Bale who’s quality on the pitch was questioned by Predrag Mijatovic. The retired striker was highly unimpressed by Bale’s showing on the pitch and said, “I like him a lot as a player but he is nowhere near being the leader of the team after Cristiano Ronaldo left. It’s worrying that he gets injured so often.”
“I am struggling to watch Real Madrid this season. They played well in the first half (against Villarreal) then when we thought they were going to kick on they played a disastrous second half with no game-plan.”
“They have taken a step back in the league this season. I don’t think it’s a problem of attitude, but more one of impotence. The way they are playing does not make me feel optimistic.”
Gareth Bale was a bonafide star in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur but never could meet expectations at the Spanish capital. His Madrid career has been blighted by injuries and he picked up another calf strain in last night’s game against the Yellow Submarines.
He has managed a decent tally of 10 goals and 5 assists in 22 games this season but almost everyone can agree with Mijatovic’s sentiments of the Welshman existing in a lower spectrum than Ronaldo.
After the departure of the 5-time Balon d’Or winner, Gareth Bale was expected to step up to the plate and lead the club’s offensive line. However, 6-months into the 2018/19 campaign, the Los Blancos are 7 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga standings.