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Bale unsure on El Clasico start

26 October 2013 02:43

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is hopeful of gaining a start in his first El Clasico ahead of their trip to Barcelona on Saturday.

The Welshman came up for criticism after a lacklustre performance against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday - a match Carlo Ancelotti's men won 2-1.

Bale was used as a second-half substitute at the Bernabeu, playing 25 minutes - but the Spanish media judged his performance harshly, giving him low match ratings.

Ancelotti said in the post-match that Bale was ready to start after recovering fully from his thigh problem, but the 24-year-old was not as certain he would be in Real's 11.

"Will I start? I am not too sure, I have had a few minutes this week and I have had a good week's training as well so I think I am fit enough and it is up to the manager now whether I play from the start or am on the bench," Bale told Sky Sports.

"Am I looking forward to it? Yeah I am sure it will be an amazing experience, the most important thing is we try to win the game and get the three points and I am looking forward to it just like everyone else is."

Bale hailed Cristiano Ronaldo and his other team-mates for helping him settle into Spanish life after his world-record transfer from Tottenham.

"Yeah he (Ronaldo) has been absolutely amazing with me," he said.

"He has given me a lot of confidence and I think he has been in the position before so he has been great with me.

"Everybody has been great in the changing room and I felt very settled straight away and I am just looking forward to kicking on now.

"I am enjoying everything about Real Madrid at the moment, obviously it was a bit disappointing to get the injury but that is behind me now and I just want to kick on now, play as well as I can and do my best for the team."

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Info

Competition
Primera División
Date
26 October 2013
Game week
10
Kick-off
18:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
98761

Goals

Neymar 19'
(assist by Iniesta) 
1 - 0
A. Sánchez 78'
(assist by Neymar) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
90'+1 Jesé
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
14
22
21 35'
3
4
8
6
16 7'
10
11 19'
Coach: G. Martino
# Player Bookings
25
4 14'
3
12 64'
15
2
19
6 59'
22
7 79'
11 45'
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9 78'
17
7
2
5
13
24
# Player Bookings
24
9
20 90+1'
1
5
17
23

Sunday 22 January

18:27
18:15
18:10
17:57
17:36
17:27
17:03
16:39
16:34
16:08
15:51
15:27
15:22
14:58
14:24
14:09
13:57
12:05
11:11
10:49
10:00
06:12
02:49
02:43
01:59
01:48
00:09

Saturday 21 January

23:37
23:37
23:05
23:05
22:57
22:49
22:47
22:38
22:09
22:06
21:37
21:19
21:09
21:08
20:59
20:55
20:53
20:40
20:35
20:31
20:16
20:10
20:09
19:57
19:44
19:38
19:34
19:32
19:21
19:07
18:59
18:53
18:41
18:32
18:18
18:14
18:12
18:11
18:06
18:02
18:00
17:57
17:51
17:31
17:14
16:39
16:21
16:06
15:55
15:39
15:39
15:25
15:11
14:41
14:36
13:52
13:45
13:23
13:08
12:33
11:59
11:41
11:25
11:03
10:31
05:13
04:35
02:56
01:54
01:00
00:47
00:38

Friday 20 January

23:55
23:44
23:30
23:20
22:40
21:57
21:54
21:37
20:29
20:28
19:57
19:53
19:06
18:59
18:47
18:11
17:55
17:43
17:20
17:10
16:40
16:23
16:19
16:09
15:54
15:44
15:41
15:07
14:42
14:41
14:22
14:16
13:37
13:18
12:52
12:35
12:14
11:58
11:39
11:31
10:07
09:59
09:16
06:31
04:18
02:30
02:03
01:34
00:41
00:08

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +31 43
2 19 +17 42
3 18 +30 38
4 19 +18 35
5 18 +5 32
6 19 +12 31
7 19 +3 29
8 18 -3 27
9 18 +1 26
10 19 -1 26
11 19 -2 25
12 19 -3 23
13 19 -6 21
14 18 -10 21
15 18 -5 19
16 19 -5 19
17 19 -16 18
18 18 -18 12
19 19 -26 10
20 19 -22 9

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