Santiago Solari, at his pre-match press conference, gave a carrot to Gareth Bale, but also a small dose of the stick.
The coach wants to be able to count on the Welshman with more regularity, because in six seasons in Madrid he has lost almost a third of the matches mostly due to injuries.
“He has the spotlight and I hope he shows us his enormous talent,” Solari said to reporters.
“We want to enjoy him every day, he’s a fantastic player.”
The truth is that the ‘Solari era‘ begins in the league and, after Bale‘s rest against Melilla, the focus returns to the footballer who, with the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, has wanted to become the headline player for the European champions.
A new coach on the bench means that the responsibility of Madrid‘s offensive game falls on the shoulders of the player signed in 2013, and whose performance in this season offers more shadow than light.
Four goals and four assists, but it seems that his best output came before the crisis in the team.
Since that visit to Sevilla and the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Bale has hardly been noticed.
An assist in the Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen (October 23) notwithstanding, he has gone a whopping seven matches without scoring.
You can almost say that the crisis in Madrid has also been his, since in this period of time his partner in the attack, Karim Benzema, has scored two goals and raised his count to seven, almost twice as much as Bale.
His photo collection for the big moments is impressive, but Madrid needs to see more of him, starting against Valladolid.