Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gareth Bale still believes Real Madrid can reel in Barcelona in La Liga title race

Gareth Bale (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid can still wrestle the Primera Division title from Barcelona's grasp.

Ahead of Saturday's El Clasico at the Nou Camp, Real trail Barca by 10 points, with their city rivals Atletico Madrid in between them.

Welsh winger Bale has scored seven goals in his last six league outings and, after being excused from international duty at the weekend, feels ready to help Real defeat the Catalans and begin closing the gap over an eight-game run-in.

Quoted in Marca, he told a press conference: "I think everything is possible in football. We're 10 points behind, but we will keep fighting until it is impossible.

"We have to score there. We know it will be difficult and we will have to be at 100 per cent. You have to attack them and, if we play our best football, we will win.

"On Saturday we can get to within seven points of them and you never know what might happen next."

After an underwhelming second season in the Spanish capital Bale has become a key component of Real's attacking machine and will surpass his best haul of 15 league goals in a Merengues shirt if he scores in Barcelona.

"I feel more comfortable here now," he added. "I speak some Spanish. I think I have to keep working hard and improving, giving my all and helping the team.

"Everyone knows I like to play in the middle and then move about, but if I start from out right I can play more economically and support my team-mates better."

Zinedine Zidane has boosted the club's fortunes since replacing Rafael Benitez as head coach in January and Bale admits he personally appreciates the Frenchman's famous guttural cries from the touchline.

The former Tottenham player added: "I'm not surprised (that Zidane gets angry). Sometimes we need someone to shout and nudge us in the right direction. I hope we finish the season with a trophy."

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