Zinedine Zidane explains Gareth Bale's absence

Zinedine Zidane explains Gareth Bale's absence

Zinedine Zidane explains Gareth Bale's absence

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was left delighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.

Unai Garcia headed the hosts into a 14th-minute lead but Isco volleyed in his first league goal of the campaign and Sergio Ramos edged Madrid in front before the break.

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Bale had been left out of the squad entirely for the derby win over Atletico Madrid last weekend as well as the Copa del Rey defeat to Real Sociedad in midweek, despite being fully fit and available for selection.

But Zidane will be relieved to see his team swiftly back on track with a performance full of the kind of resilience that Madrid's rivals have so lacked in recent weeks.

For good measure, Real Madrid added a fourth goal in stoppage time with another substitute, Luka Jovic, firing a finish high into the roof of the net after another turnover in possession.

"Then, the problem is that they want us to have a problem with Gareth, but there is not one". I'm happy with his game.

"He was a bit short physically at the end, that's why he came off". We know the player he is and that he is going to give a lot from now until the end of the season.

In 2414 minutes on the field, the former Dinamo Zagreb player has scored three goals and provided five assists for his teammates.

"I'd like him to score, but he'll get there if he keeps working", he said recently.

"He's a pure striker; you can tell him lots of things, but he's not happy if he's not scoring. He has to improve, but I'm happy with his goal". He's going to need this week, it's going to be long.

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