Gareth Bale, Anything But ‘Downcast’ In Real Madrid 3-0 Victory Over Elche

Gareth Bale proved Jorge Valdano wrong and looked anything but “downcast” in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Elche Saturday at Bernabeu, scoring a magnificent goal from about 30 yards away.

Real acquired Bale for an undisclosed amount of money from Tottenham in the Summer and after a few difficult months of adjustments and injuries it appears the Welshman is finally showing why he was brought over to play for “Los Blancos.”

Slowly, but surely Gareth Bale has been getting more and more comfortable in La Liga, thanks in part to their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has sort of taking it upon himself to ease the transition for the Welsh attacker.

In Ronaldo’s absence — he was serving the last game in a three-match suspension — Bale has been able to get more playing time as manager Carlo Ancelotti has used all the tools at this disposal to keep Real Madrid within striking distance of the number one spot in la Liga.

Gareth Bale’s goal on Saturday, was a true beauty. A classic strike from the right of the Elche goalie which was put right in the top left corner, impossible to stop.

Watch it below:

GARETH BALE. Not his best performance, but what a goal!!

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With that goal, Real Madrid went up 3-0 against Elche, temporarily putting the team as the lone leaders of La Liga. Barcelona plays on Sunday and the result cold determine a new leader.

Gareth Bale has made it clear that Real Madrid is aiming to claim every possible trophy this season. They already reached the final in the Copa del Rey — against Barca — on April 16.

“There’s a lot of expectation here. We’re the biggest club in the world. We want to win every game and everybody expects us to. There is expectation but one that we all like, we’re all winners and we want to win every trophy that we’re playing in.”

“We’ve been very good but we can still get better, and that’s the plan. We’ll take one game at a time and hopefully win the Champions League.”

Gareth Bale has been critical in keeping Real Madrid’s hopes alive in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence. He returns next weekend for the final push to overthrow the current leader Barca, who is in a three way tie for first place with Real and Atletico Madrid.