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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

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +86 87
2 35 +73 85
3 35 +39 76
4 35 +37 72
5 35 +24 69
6 35 +13 54
7 35 -4 48
8 35 -5 47
9 35 +2 46
10 35 -2 46
11 35 -4 43
12 35 -23 43
13 35 -25 40
14 35 -25 36
15 35 -31 35
16 35 -26 32
17 35 -22 31
18 35 -27 30
19 35 -40 28
20 35 -40 20

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