10 February 2020 10:42
REAL MADRID thrashed Osasuna on Sunday but fans were still left fuming with Gareth Bale's performance. Zinedine Zidane's side fought back from a goal down to win 4-1 in Pamplona to recover from their midweek Copa del Rey shock at the hands of Sociedad. 3 Gareth Bale couldn't get in on the fun as Real romped to three points Credit: AFP OR LICENSORS But supporters were far from happy with the contribution of Bale, who lasted 71 minutes on his first La Liga start for a over a month. But the numbers only go some way to fully demonstrating Bale's laboured display that fans latched onto as the latest example of his decline. LIFE GIVING HINTS TO GARETH BALE pic.twitter.com/gy9DNnePPg — ELMADRIDISTA (@MadridistaRM13) February 9, 2020 Bale should've headed the last one at least on target from there.
Zidane- 8 pic.twitter.com/qYo1kaPNrQ — Tapan (@_RMTAP) February 9, 2020 Twitter user Amer deemed it: "Sickening game from Bale, I really can't be more patient with him!! Kiyan added: "Bale's legs look like they weigh 500 lbs each today." Matt wrote: "Gareth Bale just produced the poorest 45 minutes I've seen from a Real Madrid forward in a very long time. "I'm willing to bet that when Marco Asensio returns from his 9 month injury, he will produce more in a 15 minute cameo than what we just saw from the Welshman." Omar said: "Lmao Bale is a joke and Zidane is a bigger joke for playing him." 3 Sergio Ramos copied old team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration after netting for Real Madrid Credit: Getty Images - Getty 3 Luka Jovic added the fourth for Real Madrid in a 4-1 romp against Osasuna Credit: Getty Images - Getty Real were behind early at the El Salar Stadium after Unai Garcia nodded the mid-table hosts ahead. But rapid replies from Isco and Sergio Ramos - toasted with a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque celebration - gave Los Blancos a half-time team. Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic added gloss to the scoreline with late strikes as Madrid opened up a six-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table.
The former Tottenham attacker played for 71 minutes and was involved in Isco's leveller in his first LaLiga appearance since January 4. Further goals from Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic extended Real's lead at the top of the table over Barcelona. Bale has largely had a bit-part role this season with injuries affecting him and constant talk of a strained relationship with his head coach. Gareth Bale started on Sunday (Alvaro Barrientos/AP) "He is an important player," Zidane told a press conference reported by Marca. "He has done 65 good minutes offensively and defensively, he has tried and he is an important player.
"You can tell him many things, but if he doesn't score a goal, he's not happy," Zidane said of ex-Eintracht Frankfurt forward Jovic. "He has to improve, but I'm glad for his goal." Osasuna supporters may have been dreaming of a shock win when they took an early lead, but Madrid fought back to level through Isco before Ramos headed home in the 38th minute. It remained 2-1 for a lengthy period of time until substitute Vazquez added a third with six minutes left and another sub Jovic fired home in stoppage time. "The first falls to Isco and he puts it where he puts it," Osasuna boss Jagoba Arrasate told Diario de Navarra. Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is having an outstanding debut season for the Gunners and his performance on the pitch have attracted the attention of several big clubs across Europe. Barcelona had been one of the teams monitoring the Brazilian's form for the north London club but amid the current turmoil at the Catalan giants, Real Madrid are now preparing to step in with their own pursuit of Martinelli. Arsenal boss Arteta draws up summer transfer plan for three signings According to Spanish publication El Desmarque, Real president Florentino Perez is hoping to exploit the unrest at Barcelona to pip their rivals to signing Arsenal's Martinelli. The Gunners signed the 18-year-old from Brazilian side Ituano last summer for a fee of around £6million. After the trip to Catalonia, Martinelli returned to Ituano, where he was then subsequently signed by Arsenal. Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Real Madrid continued their dominance in La Liga with a 4-1 victory at Osasuna on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane's men were forced to stage a comeback after Unai Garcia's opener after 14 minutes, with two quick-fire efforts handing Madrid control. Isco's 33rd-minute volley levelled the game and Sergio Ramos made it 2-1 to the visitors five minutes later. Lucas Vazquez wrapped up the points after linking with Karim Benzema with six minutes remaining, and Luka Jovic made it four in the second minute of stoppage time. Los Blancos made sure they remain 13 games unbeaten in La Liga after Thursday's shock Copa del Rey exit against Real Sociedad. However, the leaders got off to the worst possible start after falling behind to Garcia's header from an early corner. Real looked vulnerable in the opening phases of play and Ruben Garcia's set-piece delivery helped the hosts break the deadlock. The goal woke up Zidane's title challengers. A five-minute spell saw Madrid overcome their anxieties, and Isco found the bottom corner as the Osasuna defence claimed for offside. Real pushed forward for a second goal, and the home side quickly collapsed when Ramos nodded home. This time it was Madrid who benefitted from a set piece. Casemiro's header from the dead ball was met by the captain at the far post for an easy finish. The Pamplona club appeared hungry for an equaliser in the second half, but Madrid showed why they have been so difficult to beat in La Liga this term. Benzema was the architect of the third goal, and the forward outfoxed the opposition on the edge of the box to set up Vazquez for a drilled strike. The goal put to bed any hopes Jagoba Arrasate's side held, but Madrid further improved their goal count before the final whistle. DeFodi Images/Getty Images Jovic had arrived as a substitute for Benzema with two minutes remaining, and the Serb scored the goal of the game with a lethal volley. Last season, Madrid might have lost this type of encounter, but they are a well-oiled machine under Zidane during the current campaign and a totally different prospect. Both clubs are back in La Liga action next Sunday. Madrid are set to host Celta Vigo, while Osasuna travel to Athletic Bilbao. However, for Jordan Hadaway at Liverpool Hope University, he did things a bit different. Instead, the 18-year-old became the world's youngest senior manager after taking charge of Welsh side Caerwys FC. The youngster, who was handed the job back in April 2019 alongside Ethan Jones, embarked on senior management after clinching his UEFA 'B' coaching badge at youth level. Speaking about the dream job, Hadaway said via LADbible: "Despite my age, I always felt confident about earning the respect of the lads. Things haven't stopped there for Hadaway either. That's because the student's career has now moved to a whole new level as the young coach was poached by European giants Real Madrid. The 18-year-old was given the opportunity to become a member of staff leading the club's soccer clinics in the UK to which Hadaway said: "I was recommended to the club, who waited for me to finish my UEFA B licence, and I'm now one of Real Madrid's members of staff. Hadaway is still leading the way at Caerwys though as his side sit fourth in the North East Wales Premier Division table.