After Gareth Bale’s opening goal set Real Madrid on their way to victory against Borussia Dortmund, the Welsh forward confirmed that it was important for Los Blancos to regain their self-confidence after a troubling recent run of results.
A number of victories away from home have broken up what has been a surprisingly poor run of home results in LaLiga, the defending champions yet to win at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Unsurprisingly, this has brought criticism from outside Valdebebas and has left the team doubting themselves, but Tuesday’s 3-1 victory was a perfect answer to such criticism.
“The most important thing was to remain in a strong position in the group by getting the three points, we needed to regain confidence in ourselves,” he explained to beIN Sports after the game.
Barcelona hold a seven point advantage over Los Blancos in LaLiga, yet the 28-year-old believes that the winning mentality within the squad will help them to recover from a disappointing beginning to the campaign.
“It is important to win every game, we are not leaders in the league but we have a winning mentality,” he continued.
“Wins build confidence and after that performance, we will have more of that.”