Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale sits out Champions League trip to Moscow

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale sits out Champions League trip to Moscow

In his post-match interviews with the press, Carvajal had some strong words for Atleti's gameplan and overall play style.

To convert his impact into numerical value, it is noteworthy that he was the Real Madrid player with the best passing percentage, completing 95.56 percent of his passes, far exceeding Bale's figures.

"Last year with [Samuel] Umtiti [against Barcelona] the same thing happened, they said it was involuntary, but what do you want me to say?"

Julen Lopetegui's side also began the second half brighter despite being forced to take off Bale at the break, and they had a chance to open the scoring less than two minutes after the restart when the ball broke kindly for Casemiro, who blazed his effort well over from the edge of the box when he should have done better. Atletico are a great team, have joined the elite with magnificent signings, have a spectacular squad. After Antoine Griezmann's chance mid-way through the first half, the away side did not want to push for a deciding goal.

I have to agree with everything that Carvajal said. They poured all 10 outfielders forward and did everything possible to get a game-winning score.

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"Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal".

Bale picked up a thigh injury during the goalless draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday and had to come off at half-time.

While it is incredibly frustrating to see the Madrid Derby end in a draw for the third straight time, a point is still a solid result.

The injury to Gareth Bale saw the former Real Betis man come on at half time and he shone in the second half, taking advantage of Real Madrid's numerical advantage in midfield by finding space to operate within.

Madrid and Barcelona remain joint top of a tight La Liga table, with Atletico in fourth two points back.

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