Real Madrid need more con­sis­tency to win La Liga - Bale

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Gareth Bale says Real Madrid have lacked the con­sis­tency to win La Liga dur­ing his three sea­sons at the club, but hopes they can achieve that un­der Zine­dine Zi­dane this sea­son.

Real fin­ished one point be­hind cham­pi­ons Barcelona last sea­son, and af­ter win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League twice since join­ing Los Blan­cos in 2013, the 27-year-old hopes to lift the league ti­tle next.

“We need to be more con­sis­tent,” he told Sport mag­a­zine. “We had a very good end of the sea­son last year, but we need to be bet­ter at the start and in the mid­dle.

“Ul­ti­mately, the most con­sis­tent team wins the league. We came very close last year -- not close enough, but we’re go­ing to work harder as a team to­gether. Hope­fully, at the end of the sea­son, we’re lift­ing that tro­phy.”

Bale was crit­i­cised dur­ing his sec­ond sea­son with Real, but look­ing back on that time he said it helped him to im­prove and achieve even more.

“In a way, I’m quite glad that hap­pened be­cause it made me a stronger per­son, a stronger player,” he said. “You learn more from when things are not go­ing well than if you were just a win­ner. I’ve re­ally ben­e­fited from it.

“As a foot­baller, you want to keep im­prov­ing. The main thing for me was to push my­self more and more, to get bet­ter and bet­ter. Those are the chal­lenges ev­ery year. Even if you have a great sea­son, you have to try and have a bet­ter one next year. That’s the chal­lenge I face.”

Hav­ing helped Wales reach the semi­fi­nals of Euro 2016 the next tar­get is to reach the 2018 World Cup, and maybe even win some sil­ver­ware.

“We want to qual­ify for a World Cup,” he said. “It would be in­cred­i­ble for us as a na­tion. We’ve said all along, even though we qual­i­fied for the Eu­ros, we want to be at ma­jor tour­na­ments on a con­sis­tent ba­sis. So, yeah, play in a World Cup, qual­ify for ma­jor tour­na­ments -- and, you never know, sneak a tro­phy there. But just to keep do­ing as well as I can, win­ning as many tro­phies as I can.”

Lowe: Atletico are much more than de­fence

“Bay­ern Mu­nich are one of the best teams in the world and I can’t re­mem­ber the last time they lost,” Diego Sime­one said. No? Here’s a clue: you were there. In fact, you had a pretty good view of the win­ning goal -- you said so your­self. You were in your usual place, dressed your usual way: all in black, on the touch­line not too far away when Saúl set off through their de­fence.

The last time Bay­ern Mu­nich lost was al­most five months ago, against Atlético Madrid at the Vi­cente Calderón.

This week, they were back again... and they were beaten again. Bay­ern have lost just twice in 26 games, both of them to Atlético.

“We were happy when the goal went in,” Sime­one said back then; he was hap­pier still this time. When he drove home a bit be­fore mid­night, he pulled away out the north end of the sta­dium, beep­beep­ing his horn.

Atlético have lost twice in 19 Cham­pi­ons League group games; they’ve only been beaten once at home in this com­pe­ti­tion un­der Sime­one.

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Yes­ter­day R. So­ciedad-Real Betis ....................... 1-0 To­day Granada-Le­ganes .................................... Sevilla-Dep. Alaves ................................. Osasuna-Las Pal­mas ............................... Dep. La Coruna-Sp. Gi­jon ....................... To­mor­row Va­len­cia-At. Madrid ................................ Real Madrid-Eibar ................................... Es­panyol-Vil­lar­real .................................. Malaga-At. Bil­bao ................................... Celta Vigo-Barcelona ..............................

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