Real Madrid v Paris-St Germain: Zinedine Zidane backs Gareth Bale
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale has been”a big portion of the group” as they prepare to face Paris St-Germain from the Champions League.
The Wales received a mixed reception when he came on in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Real Sociedad.
This was his first match for the side in seven months and came a few days later he arose with a’Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that sequence’ flag.
“[Bale] wants to be with us and do well and he’s done that.” Zidane said.
“I have said earlier, we need our fans . Talk, talk, talk, it’s not crucial. He’s a major part of the team and we’re together.”
Supporters he received a similar reaction when introduced as a replacement after 67 seconds and when the group was announced before kick-off from Sociedad jeered the name of bale.
The former Tottenham striker played nicely in front of the home audience and Federico Valverde – who scored the next goal of Real – commended Bale’s devotion to the group.
“We will support him. I went over to hug him because I admire everything he provides me on a day-to-day basis,” Valverde said.
“He’s a fantastic person, it is impossible not to love him. The fans will wind up enjoying him again.”
Real Madrid are next in Group A along with a win over PSG on Tuesday will guarantee eligibility.
The side of zidane can go through should Bruges neglect to beat Galatasaray when the two sides match at 17:55 GMT before they kick-off in the Bernabeu.
PSG have already booked their place in the knockout stages thanks to four wins from four in the category.
The French club are yet to concede one in the competition of this season and have also scored 10 goals.
At the Parc des Princes, PSG were comfortable winners Real in their opening Group A fixture at September, with just two of the three goals coming from former Real midfielder Angel di Maria.
“We aren’t looking to have revenge after what happened before in the group,” Zidane said.
“However we wish to play a good game of course and preserve our form.
“It’s the kind of game where you are able to confirm you are on a good run. We wish to win because we’re at home and we wish to play decent football.”
PSG only need a stage in the Spanish capital to finish top of Group A and have been boosted with the return of Brazil ahead Neymar.
Neymar, who has featured this year, managed 65 minutes from the win over Lille on Friday that extended Thomas Tuchel’s side’s lead to 11 points.
The 27-year-old was out of action since injuring his hamstring whilst.