Zi­dane wants more from Bale

Times of Oman - - SPORTS -

MADRID: Real Madrid need their record sign­ing Gareth Bale to im­prove, with the Welsh winger hav­ing suf­fered crit­i­cism from sup­port­ers and Span­ish me­dia, coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said on Satur­day.

Bale scored in the first Liga game of the sea­son at De­portivo La Coruna but has not found the net since and was whis­tled by Madrid fans on Wed­nes­day dur­ing the 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League win over Apoel Ni­cosia. “We want and need him to do more on the pitch, and he does too,” Zi­dane told a news con­fer­ence. “But we are calm be­cause he will do it soon.”

Real Madrid face high-fly­ing Real So­ciedad at Anoeta on Sun­day and, with Cris­tiano Ron­aldo serv­ing the fi­nal match of his fiveg­ame sus­pen­sion and Karim Ben- zema in­jured, the onus will be on Bale to make the dif­fer­ence.

How­ever, Zi­dane said the winger does not have to be the team’s leader in the clash against Euse­bio Sacristan’s sec­ond-placed side, who have won all three of their open­ing games and are level on nine points at the top with Barcelona.

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