Bale 'plays best' in central attack

TUSSLE: Real's Bale (right) and Tottenham's Eric Dier competing for the ball during their Audi Cup friendly in Munich on Tuesday, which Real won 2-0. Bale is sure that he plays best in the central role.


    Aug 06, 2015

    Bale 'plays best' in central attack


    GARETH Bale is confident that he will score goals and lead Real Madrid to trophies this season, if manager Rafael Benitez continues to play him in a central attacking role.

    Benitez used the Wales forward as one of his strikers in a 4-4-2 formation against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening, and he watched Bale score a late goal in Real's 2-0 win in Munich at the Audi Cup, reported The Guardian.

    Bale also got close in the first half against his former club with a header from James Rodriguez's free kick that flashed past the post.

    Bale was often used on or off the right by Carlo Ancelotti during his first two seasons at Real, but he is convinced that he plays his best football in the central role, which he also occupies for Wales.

    He said that he has spoken to Benitez about being used in the position and is optimistic about the season ahead.

    "It's my best position," Bale said. "When I played for Tottenham, I felt I played my best football there and when I play for Wales, I play there and play my best football.

    "For me, that's my position and it's where I want to play.

    "I'm able to go out to the left and the right, and it's what I was doing at Tottenham and what I do for Wales.

    "It's great to have the support of the manager and the president (Florentino Perez) and, hopefully, I can repay them with some goals and trophies."

    Bale left Tottenham for Real in 2013 for a world record £86 million (S$186 million), having spent six years at White Hart Lane, and he said that it felt "weird" to play against them.

    Real and Tottenham are staying at the same hotel in Munich, and Bale said that he had been able to catch up with some of his former teammates.

    "When you play against your former team, it's always a little bit weird but it's a pre-season game and the main thing for us was fitness," he said.

    "We only came back from Australia and China a few days ago and we had three days off, so coming into this was a bit difficult but it was good to get the win and it was nice to score.

    "There are some familiar faces in the Tottenham squad but there has also been a lot of change.

    "I know a few of the players who are staying in the same hotel so it's been nice to catch up with everybody. Hopefully, they will do well this season.

    "They play some great stuff. They are a bit weary. They have got their first Premier League game this weekend so they are preparing for that. Hopefully, they can do well and qualify for the Champions League."

    Last year's tournament winners Bayern Munich later dominated AC Milan 3-0 to join Real in the final, which will be played this morning (Singapore time).

    It will be the first meeting between the two teams since April last year, when the Spaniards ran riot in a 4-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg win, en route to their record 10th European Cup triumph.

    The win against Milan boosted Pep Guardiola's Bayern side three days after their German Super Cup loss on penalties to Wolfsburg, the only title he has not won since his arrival in Bavaria.