Elche midfielder Aaron Niguez has apologised for his tackle on Gareth Bale during his side’s 2-0 loss to Real Madrid over the weekend. Niguez’s tackle on Bale on 52 minutes was not punished by referee Ignacio Villanueva, but he drew wide criticism from fans and pundits alike for the nature of his challenge.
Bale was not hurt by the tackle, but Niguez was substituted shortly afterwards. The Spain U21 international also apologised to Bale on Twitter. Check out Niguez’s tackle on Bale, and his apology below Continue reading
RTE Soccer expert and former Arsenal star Liam Brady blasted the Bernabeu crowd for “being stupid” and said that they were “damaging” Gareth Bale. He also said that Bale should be persevered with by Ancelotti despite his recent drought, given that he had a very good first season with Los Merengues.
Youtube-Liam Brady on Gareth Bale- RTE Soccer- after Schalke Real Madrid Champions League game on 18 February, 2015 Continue reading
Previously, Gareth Bale told us that his dream was to win Champions League, and he managed to fulfill his dream in the first season with Real Madrid. Aldo, they almost lost in the finals against Atletico Madrid, his teammate Sergio Ramos gave them a chance in extra time by scoring a goal in 93′.
After the 1-1 in regular time, Real Madrid managed to score three more goals in extra time, where the last goal was scored by Gareth Bale after a beautifull run by Di Maria.
He spoke to Sky Sports: “This is what every footballer dreams of, winning the Champions League. It doesn’t come any bigger than that in club football.”
“We’ve played against Atletico four times already this season and every game was very close and very difficult. When they do get a goal ahead it’s hard to break them down. Luckily we managed to get a goal in stoppage time and that gave us the momentum.”
“We’ve been showing that all season. When we play our own football we win football games and it was literally just keep attacking, keep doing what we do best and we all believed in that and we all believed if we kept doing that we’d win.”
“It was an unbelievable feeling, one you can’t describe, and yeah, it’ll be a memory forever and it’ll be great to see it in future years.”
On question was this goal the pay-back for Real Madrid’s investment in his transfer: “For me, the price tag means nothing. If I came here for a penny I would want to play well.”
“This is why I came to the club, to play in big competitions and win trophies like we have this season. Obviously the move has paid off this year and we want to win more now.”
Gareth Bale gave an interview for The Daily Telegraph about how he feels playing in Champions League first time in his career in the first season at Real Madrid.
“If someone had told me that I would be playing in a Champions League final, I probably wouldnt believe him straight away but that is football.”
“I felt the time was right to leave Tottenham and go to Real Madrid for the exact reasons I am experiencing now. As a player you want to come to the best club in the world and you want to win trophies.”
“I don’t feel I had anything to prove. I always have confidence in my ability and I always try to come through whether it is a good or a bad time. It was great to score the goal in the Copa del Rey.”
“I was a huge Real Madrid fan, the club played with such a swagger, they believed they could win every game. It was just everything about Real Madrid – the team, the stadium, winning trophies, or getting close.”
“They always had players who would get you out of your seat and, as a fan, that’s what you want to see.”
“I always wanted to be here but as soon as I came here I felt comfortable straight away. It obviously took me a some time to get used to everything but I felt comfortable straight away playing football here with the best players in the world.”
First season, and already has a chance to win Champions League title. Gareth Bale said for Real Madrid’s official website:
“I’m very excited about playing in my first Champions League final and we will work very hard to prepare for it. I’m really enjoying my first season at Real Madrid and hopefully I can end the season with another title.”
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Big star, Cristiano Ronaldo, talked for Uefa.com about Gareth Bale, his relationship with him, and his quality.
“I think that Bale, Benzema and I have a great relationship. Karim and Gareth are both excellent players. I am feeling very well alongside them. Things are going well and I think that’s important for the club.”
“Gareth is an amazing player and he has adapted really well. He has put in some fantastic performances in the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa del Rey. He scored an excellent goal against Barcelona and has shown his quality.”
“I like him a lot as a player and I like him even more now that I’ve come to know him personally. We talk a lot and I do anything to help him.”
Gareth Bale had only good words for his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, and Luka Modrić who helped him to settle when he came to Real Madrid.
Talking for BT Sport, he said: “Since the first day Cristiano has been so good to me. He has given me advice on and off the pitch, with football matters and he’s given me advice where to live and stuff like that.”
“He is a great person, so helpful, always wants the best for the team and obviously people write things about him but people who actually know him know exactly what he is like and he’s a great man and a great footballer as well.”
“Luka Modrić and I played together for five years at Tottenham Hotspur and we actually got on really well there as well so having him here obviously was a massive plus for me.”
“When he came to Madrid he didn’t really know anybody so it was quite difficult for him in his first year but having him here this year has made me settle in so much quicker.”
“Just being able to go in to the group and knowing someone, hanging around with them rather than feeling I am stuck on my own so it’s been a great help on and off the pitch and obviously I’m thankful for that.”