Bale has missed nearly half the minutes since he joined Real Madrid

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Bale has missed nearly half the minutes since he joined Real Madrid

In his debut half-season at the helm it was a 6-0 victory against Espanyol that brought purring in the Spanish press over Zidane and his reinvention of a side that had been listless and leaderless under Rafa Benitez, who never really fit the company profile despite his sterling work at Castilla. Leaving Real Madrid in the shade when it comes to La Liga.

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That strike gave the hosts the breathing space they needed to settle the nerves, and again Real looked to be lacking that extra bit of confidence or lethal edge that's been so evident over the past two years or so. The playmaker has become of the most important players at the Santiago Bernabeu over the past few months and that was on display this evening.

Two-time Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane has come into the light in recent days due to several topics relating to his Real Madrid side.

The bad news keeps coming for Real Madrid... With Gareth Bale a doubt as well, things will revolve around Ronaldo and he simply has to deliver - a situation in which he thrives.

Defenders: Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Achraf and Tejero. But Lopez tips it over the bar. Espanyol were inches away from finding an equaliser, with Moreno cracking a low shot off the base of the post. The Portuguese superstar picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and played a clinical through ball for Isco, who cleverly prodded past Lopez before he had a chance to set himself. The playmaker found the bottom corner with a composed finish. He has been involved in 72.62% of the total minutes played this season but if this injury is not dealt with properly, it could mean he misses more time.

When asked about whether Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted for a contact renewal or not, the manager said that the Portuguese worldwide is in good shape and is most interested in scoring goals by playing more matches.

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