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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 4 September

Thursday 3 September

23:45
23:41
23:36
23:27
23:02
22:49
22:48
22:40
22:09
21:57
20:47
20:37
20:05
19:55
19:37
19:14
18:01
16:34
15:32
15:12
15:03
14:55
14:23
14:06
13:58
11:23
11:12
10:40
09:22
07:59
07:32
04:43
03:00
01:40
00:02

Wednesday 2 September

23:59
23:53
21:32
21:19
21:19
20:49
20:30
20:23
20:12
19:04
18:38
18:36
18:16
18:12
18:03
17:40
17:34
16:25
16:14
15:42
15:37
15:23
14:48
14:30
14:12
13:51
12:10
11:55
10:07
09:47
08:47
08:42
08:27
08:22
07:04
07:03
06:55
05:40
04:54
03:45
02:48
02:05
00:55
00:53
00:32
00:31

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +4 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +5 4
6 2 +2 4
7 2 -1 3
8 2 -1 3
9 2 +0 2
10 2 +0 2
11 2 +0 2
12 2 +0 2
13 2 -1 1
14 2 -1 1
15 2 -1 1
16 2 -3 1
17 2 -3 1
18 2 -5 1
19 2 -2 0
20 2 -3 0

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