'You can't win a game with 10-men' – Roy Keane blasts Gareth Bale's performance last night
Juventus will take a 2-1 lead to the Bernabeu in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final and ITV pundit Roy Keane was withering in his assessment of Gareth Bale's performance for the losers.
The Welsh international has been criticised by some sections of the Madrid support and media, but returned to the starting line-up last night following a recent injury.
However he was a peripheral figure – his 18 touches the lowest of any Madrid outfield player in Turin – and cut a forlorn figure throughout the match as goals for Alvaro Morata and a second-half Carlos Tevez powered the Old Lady to victory.
On the sidelines, Republic of Ireland assistant manager said that Carlo Ancelotti's side were effectively playing with 10-men such was Bale's contribution on the night.
“You can’t win a game with 10-men," he said.
“Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid nothing tonight. He took the easy decision every time."
“You could see a lack of confidence, but reason he is at Real Madrid is to be brave, to get at people, but every time he got it tonight – even in one-v-ones – he turned back and, again, his team-mates can’t be happy with him because he took the easy option every time.”
With Bale starting his first game for almost a month following a calf injury, however, Ancelotti insisted that the 25-year-old – a target of Manchester United this summer – was merely suffering from fatigue as a result of his spell on the sidelines.
“Gareth Bale was tired,” Ancelotti said. “He’s just back from an injury and he’s too important for us. He is our most dangerous player, and because he was tired, I just preferred not to take any risks with him, so I took him off.”
Cristiano Ronaldo claimed an away goal that leaves the tie delicately balanced ahead of the return leg.