With Espanyol the visitors on February 18th, Gareth Bale scored his last goal for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu and since then 225 days have past, including seven games, where he has been unable to hit the back of the net.
This is what is most pending now for a player that produced his best performance in many months, perhaps the whole of 2017, in a Real shirt against Dortmund including a fine goal with his left foot.
He also set up Cristiano Ronaldo for his first and generally caused danger on the left wing thanks to his pace and strength.
In effect, he justified the postion of star that was given to him when Madrid went to London to sign him for over 90 million euros from Tottenham.
It was not the first strong display away from Bernabeu this season and apart from the the match at Camp Nou against Barcelona he has scored in the matches in which he has played against Deportivo and Real Sociedad
His three games at home in LaLiga (against Valencia, Levante and Betis) are what has caused the debate among a fan base that will not forgive poor displays and especially in cases where they feel the player is not giving his all.
Bale has gone 307 minutes this season at Bernabeu without scoring and now that is what he will look to achieve tomorrow if he overcomes the cramp he had against Dortmund.
Against Dortmund he delivered along with Ronaldo and it should not be forgotten that he is the player that has been involved in most goals scored by Zidane’s side.
Along with the three goals against Deportivo, Real Sociedad and Borussia, he has four assists, and so is above Ronaldo in this list, who has five goals, and Asensio who has four and one assist.