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In search of the best Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale has escaped all the criticism of his latest performance against Valencia and he is concentrating on helping his side in their bid to qualify for the World Cup which will be no easy task with the side third in group D on eight points, four less than the Republic of Ireland and Serbia, so they will need victories over Austria on Saturday and then Moldavia next Tuesday.

It will be difficult but not impossible with Wales able to count on a star player in Bale who led Wales to Euro 2016 and inspired them during the competition to reach the semi-finals.

They will need to see the best of Bale who smiles and appears happy in his role as leader of the team which is something that he lacks at Real.

Bale’s start to the season has led to plenty of debate over his displays and he was even booed in his list league game but he is still a key player for Zidane.

In the Eropean Super Cup he set up Isco for the second goal while he scored the team’s first LaLiga goal at Riazor and assisted Kroos for the third but at the Bernabeu he was largely anonymous.

Wales and Real will be hoping that Bale can get back to his best quickly.

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