Some Real Madrid fans and the Spanish press aren’t happy with Gareth Bale following Los Blancos’ 2-1 ‘El Clasico’ loss to Barcelona.
Spanish paper Marca went after Bale in the edition subsequent to Real’s loss, while three supporters approached and kicked his car which left the training ground in Valdebebas.
Despite this outward condemnation, Wales national team manager Chris Coleman has the utmost faith the Welshman will perform well for his country ahead of a critical match against Israel; the winner will have the lead in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder last scored in a Euro 2016 qualifier–a brace, in fact–at the beginning of September when his country battled Andorra.
“I cannot see any difference in him at all,” the Wales manager said, per The Guardian.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a human being and as much as we say we’re in that industry and we get criticised, it does bother you from time to time, you get a little bit down with it. But if I thought it was a problem with Gareth, or I needed to have a conversation with him, then I would have sat down with him. He’s been exactly the same as he’s always been since he’s been with us.
No mention of Real Madrid. We’ve only talked about Wales, Israel and the job in hand. He’s happy. He’s relaxed. More importantly, he’s fit.”
Wales will likely move on past qualifying if Belgium doesn’t play up to standards in the ensuing matches, but the Dragons can strive for the top spot, most definitely up for grabs, and they will have to make a case that they belong there against Israel.