MARCA | It’s Bale’s time
- Real Madrid are waiting for Gareth Bale to rediscover his best form and, once again, the Welshman is suffering misfortune with injuries, though he is looking to shine at the Club World Cup.
The problem with his right ankle saw him miss out against Rayo Vallecano after picking up the knock in the 3-0 home loss to CSKA Moscow but it appears to have healed enough to play against Kashima Antlers on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
Bale rarely disappoints in the big games and he knows how to motivate himself for games in which everything is at stake.
It is rare for the 29-year-old to come out as a loser in a final and there is another title on offer, with Madrid keen to return to LaLiga Santander action as world champions again.
From the 2014 Copa del Rey final to the Champions League triumph over Atletico Madrid that same season, Bale has done it on the biggest stage before.
Last June, he shone in another final in Kiev, scoring a stunning strike against Liverpool, just moments after coming off the bench.
Elegance, precision and effectiveness define his game on the biggest nights and the Club World Cup is another competition that he likes.
So far, he has played four matches in the tournament and scored three goals since his debut in 2014, though he was unable to feature in 2016 due to injury.
Abu Dhabi will present a new opportunity for the player, who Madrid are waiting to see the best of this season.
On Monday he returned to training with the ball as he was able to kick it with the confidence he often lacks in troubled times.
He is expected to train as usual on Tuesday under Santiago Solari’s orders and with another decisive moment approaching, all eyes are on Bale as, in his sixth season at Madrid, he looks to step up and take the opportunity.
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