Real Madrid still have ‘gears to go up’ despite an excellent start to the 2015/16 campaign, according to Los Blancos’ Welsh forward Gareth Bale.
Bale’s admission came during a wide-ranging interview with bwin’s extra-time segment, in which he discussed the team’s form, his own fitness and the upcoming Clasico against Barcelona.
The 26-year-old’s suggestion that Real have yet to hit top gear is an ominous one for their opponents, after what has been a very positive start to the season.
Los Merengues have won ten of their 15 games so far, losing just once and keeping a rock-solid ten clean sheets that speak volumes for their defensive stringency under manager Rafa Benitez.
It’s 17/5 that Real can shut out the Blaugrana for the first time since the 2011 Copa del Rey final on Saturday and 17/4 they can do so as part of a win to nil.
Bale’s injury troubles have meant that he hasn’t played any part in eight of Real’s last 11 fixtures, but the world’s most expensive player tells bwin he is “ready for the battle” after returning to action in the 3-2 defeat to Sevilla earlier this month.
The Welshman famously scored the match winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey Final and revealed to bwin the goal was among the best he has ever scored.
Bale told bwin he is well aware that his pace and power scare defenders and there could have been no greater demonstration than that strike, which came after an incredibly defiant run from inside his own half.
He is 2/1 to score at any time against Barca, 19/4 to do so as part of a victory for his side and 8/1 to net the game’s final goal.