Saturday 24 February 2018

Gareth Fail: Spanish media unimpressed with Gareth Bale in El Clasico defeat

James Orr

SPANISH media have been far from impressed with Gareth Bale’s debut Clasico performance for Real Madrid, with one paper labelling the world’s most expensive player the away side’s “worst performer”.

The Welshman’s £86m move from Tottenham to the La Liga side has been fraught with problems, most notably injuries, and after playing 61 uneventful minutes in the loss before being replaced, it seems the patience of the Spanish media is already wearing thin.

Ruben Jimenez of Marca says Bale  “does not have enough spark”. He went on to describe him as a “tense and late signing”, who did not take advantage of the international break in September soon after he joined to get himself back to fitness, instead travelling with Wales, where he made a 32-minute cameo in their 3-0 defeat against Serbia.

The newspaper has even suggested that Bale’s refusal to train with Spurs in August to force through his move has contributed to his poor form, calling it a “personal revolt”.

El Pais, meanwhile, said that Madrid play better when Bale is nowhere near his team-mates. “The team continue to play better when their star signing is not on the pitch,” it wrote.

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