This summer seems to be a nice change of pace for Gareth Bale.
For the Welshman it has been a great disappointment missing the World Cup. But about 12 months ago, the 25-year-old Gareth Bale has enjoyed a relative anonymity around this time.
Without the intensity of a transfer saga, the limelight of a glitzy unveiling with a weight of a world –record fee and overwhelming deluge of interview questions, Gareth Bale will have enjoyed a summer a little more like yours or mine over the past couple of months.
The former Tottenham player has seen other scrutinized during their time in Brazil World Cup and has witnessed contemporaries such as Toni Kross and James Rodriguez navigate through the Real Madrid fanfare. Bale also watched opponents and teammates alike endure a tiresome summer. This will have taken both physical and psychological toll for him as the new season arrives.
And finally the end product is a fully fresh, well-rested complete fit Gareth Bale who is ready to take Europe by storm.
The fresh Welshman, Gareth Bale said at the beginning of Real Madrid’s training camp,
” It was really disappointing not being in the Brazil World Cup, but I have had seven weeks of rest and now I can have a full pre-season”.
It was notable that he denied the last summer pre-season. He is now determined to improve his skills and technique. Bale said,
“I want to have an even better season than last year. I want to give more assists and score more goals. I want to improve in every aspect.”
Last season in all competition Gareth Bale contributed 22 goals and 17 assists! So, he definitely capable to improve more…
“Without pre-season it was tough enough, but this season will be different in the sense. It was a massive change for me, but in time I have become very comfortable here.”
What the Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid are set to witness in 2014-15 season is the Gareth Bale of two seasons ago at White Hart Lane.
They will witness the Bale who left scorch mark all around England soil, smashing 21 league goals as a roaming midfielder, doing so with a combination of sublime skill and explosive power that had rarely been seen previously in the English Premier League.
The Real Madrid has got the Golden Bale who almost burst the netting from 30 yards at West Ham, the Bale who rendered a whole Newcastle United team utterly helpless, the bale who cut the heart out of Manchester united at their home, Old Trafford, the Bale who annihilated Lyon with a simply exquisite pair of free-kicks.
So basically the Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez and the coach, Carlo Ancelotti are getting everything right that had been expected from an £85 million player.
And probably more is coming…
Last season, in his opening months in Madrid as a Galactico, Gareth Bale endured a somewhat underwhelming beginning. It is not that much tough to think that some factors were there like his absence in the pre-season due to injuries, difficulties with new home, new culture and new language.
In Real Madrid uniform, Bale was forced to adapt on the wing, force to develop chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo in the heat of competition, while Ancelotti tinkered with the team’s systematic approach to accommodate Bale’s talents.
And Gareth Bale had done all of that, despite not playing a full 90 minutes until November arrived. It was a gradual process finding his feet.
It is not hard to find the differences between then and now as the new season arrives. It is a obvious warning sign for the defenders in Spain and across Europe.
“I have become very comfortable here,”
he was telling that most of the time when in California.
Remember his name, Gareth Bale, who scored 22 goals and made 17 assists, assigned a hat-trick in just his 9th La Liga outing and in Copa del Rey who struck some decisive goals and who scored in the Champions league final before he had gotten COMFORTABLE!
On Monday, Ancelotti said of Bale,
“He’s doing what he wasn’t able to do last year,”
Despite some charming transfer news with James Rodriguez and Toni Kross in Real, the Welshman will be all around the La Liga and Champions League to be more ferocious.