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

Friday 6 May

20:31
19:43
19:18
18:11
17:58
17:54
17:51
17:34
17:33
17:25
17:11
17:05
16:52
16:45
16:23
15:55
15:37
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15:04
15:00
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14:24
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07:27
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04:16
03:37
03:36
03:05
02:20
01:31
01:29
01:01
00:53
00:35
00:32
00:24
00:07

Thursday 5 May

23:54
23:53
23:41
23:03
22:58
21:15
21:15
20:27
20:05
19:43
19:22
19:06
18:54
18:51
18:36
18:24
18:05
18:03
17:49
17:27
17:26
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16:53
16:44
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15:57
15:44
15:31
14:56
14:46
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13:58
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11:36
10:58
09:59
09:34
09:18
07:13
06:31
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05:14
04:31
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04:12
03:08
02:39
02:32
02:31
02:29
01:37
01:32
01:10
00:31
00:08
00:02
00:00

Wednesday 4 May

23:51
23:36
23:36
23:18
22:38
22:02
21:52
21:31
21:06
20:15
19:35
19:27
19:10
18:52
18:47
18:16
17:59
17:49
17:09
17:02
16:59
16:36
16:24
15:51
15:47
14:43
14:33
14:18
14:03
13:55
13:48
13:32
13:07
12:49
12:17
11:41
10:25
09:45
09:04
06:59
06:54
05:52
05:11
03:05
02:52
02:43
02:38
01:49
01:45
00:58
00:50
00:34
00:19
00:05

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 36 +75 85
2 36 +44 85
3 36 +73 84
4 36 +13 64
5 36 +11 58
6 36 -7 57
7 36 +6 52
8 36 +1 45
9 36 +0 44
10 36 -5 43
11 36 -5 42
12 36 -10 42
13 36 -19 41
14 36 -31 40
15 36 -16 39
16 36 -23 36
17 36 -22 35
18 36 -24 35
19 36 -29 35
20 36 -32 29

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