Heaping enormous praise on Gareth Bale, former Manchester United legend and present Wales manager Ryan Giggs has backed his countryman to fill in the void left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2009, spent nine successful years at the Spanish club, leading them to unprecedented heights and becoming club's all-time top scorer. But prior to the start of 2018/19 season, he decided to end his association with the Blancos, signing with Italian giants Juventus.
Ever since his departure, Real have been in dilemma regarding his replacement. The names of Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and others had popped, with a signing looking imminent. Though, only Vinicius Junior arrived! New head coach Julen Lopetegui faced barrage of criticism for not bringing in any player to replace the Portugese star. Though, it seems, with the transfer window all but over, the former Spain head coach has decided against bringing anyone, and will rely on the set of players he has for the near future.
From the existing squad, Bale has been earmarked by his manager, as well as the fans to fill in the void left behind by Ronaldo. The Welshman has started off the season brightly, scoring goals in the opening two matches of La Liga.
And the 29-year-old has now received backing from his national team head coach, Ryan Giggs. The former Manchester United boss has backed Bale, stating the Welshman has enough experience now to handle the pressure. Giggs further added that while it will be tough for Real Madrid to replace the number of goals Ronaldo scored, Bale's qualities in the big matches will allow him to flourish.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton winger has started the season in flying fashion. He scored his first goal of the La Liga season in his side's 2-0 win over Getafe in the opening match. Against Getafe at Bernebeu, which can accommodate 81,000 spectators, only 48,466 fans attended the stadium, which was the lowest attendance for the club in the league since past 10 years. Though, the players did not let it affect them, as they produced a professional display earn a comfortable victory.
Bale then followed it up another brilliant performance. He scored one, assisted one and was sublime in his side's second consecutive win the in the league, as they came back from behind to win 4-1 against Girona. Los Blancos' performance wasn't the best, with the team still lacking cohesion.