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Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid are a more united team without Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / LLUIS GENELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Gareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues in five years at Real Madrid, but believes the Spanish giants can be even better in their quest for a 14th European crown despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale has shone in the spotlight since Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, scoring in all of Real’s opening three La Liga wins and providing the equaliser for Isco in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. “Obviously it’s going to be a little different from having such a big player there,” Bale told British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed, yes. I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”Fired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane’s last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season’s Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1.However, it is Ronaldo’s goals that have led Real to so much success on the continent in recent times.The Portuguese has been the competition’s top scorer for the past six seasons.But ahead of their Champions League opener against last season’s semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, Bale insists Real can be even better this season.“We can be even better again,” he added. “Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not decided to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.Bale avoided the question of whether new boss Julen Lopetegui is a better manager than the French great, but accepts Lopetegui’s command of English has made it easier to communicate.“Obviously it helps,” said Bale. “In Spanish I can talk but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Manchester United defender injury update as second surgery is expected

first_img1 Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is expected to have a second operation on his broken leg on Friday.Shaw was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven on Tuesday night after breaking his right leg in two places during United’s 2-1 defeat to PSV.The England left-back broke his tibia and fibula following a challenge by PSV defender Hector Moreno in the 15th minute.Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist conducted an operation on Shaw’s leg on the night of the match.United declined to comment any further on the matter, but it is understood that Shaw will have a second operation at the Dutch hospital as part of his recovery on Friday.Shaw will remain in Eindhoven until United’s medical staff are happy for him to come home.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward visited Shaw the morning after the match and the player’s parents are understood to be with him now.Shaw is said to have suffered a “clean break” of the right leg, which makes it more likely his recovery will be quicker.The player himself has not set a target for his comeback date, but Louis van Gaal said after the match that he could return by March.”I am not a doctor so I cannot say that, but when you have a double fracture it is I think until six months,” the United manager said.”It is about how it develops. You can never say that in advance.”He will not play in the group phase I think. I hope he can play again this season.”Former Coventry defender David Busst suffered a horrific leg break against United at Old Trafford in 1996 after colliding with Denis Irwin and Brian McClair and retired from the game a few months later.Busst needed 26 operations and contracted the MRSA virus but he is confident Shaw will make a full recovery.He told The Sun: ”It wasn’t the actual fractures that stopped me from playing, it was the infections.”But so long as it’s a clean break and there is no infection, there shouldn’t be a major issue for Luke.” Luke Shaw last_img read more

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