Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has said forward Gareth Bale isn’t happy with his performances in recent games but is trying hard to improve.
The Welshman has come under criticism this season for being selfish at times, opting to shoot rather than pass to team mates who were in better positions to score. In recent weeks, Bale has stopped scoring, perhaps having taken the criticism on board and is trying to hard to make his overall game work.
The 25-year-old has been the focus on fans’ anger this week, along with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, as the BBC have contributed little in the home draw with Villarreal and the defeat to Athletic Bilbao, results that have derailed Los Blancos’ title bid.
Speaking to the press ahead of the Champions League game against Schalke, Ancelotti said Bale isn’t happy at the moment but wants to put things right.
“I trust Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo, no doubt. If they’re ready, as I said weeks ago, they will always start, this is non-negotiable. We will not change our identity, that’s why they will play in the same position as well, that’s where they feel comfortable. I don’t think Bale is happy about his recent performances, he will try to improve,” the Italian said.
Asked about what went wrong at the weekend and where the weaknesses in the team are, Ancelotti stated: “I tried to explain them what happened during the match, and I think they understood and agreed with what I said. We know what our problem is and every game is a good chance to improve. We are passing the ball too much and our ball movement is not quick enough.”