Gareth Bale put in a sensational performance and silenced many of his critics following his two-goal display against Sevilla on Wednesday night, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed.
Making his first start for his new club at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bale thumped in the opening goal after just 13 minutes before adding a second later on in the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Karim Benzema also scored a brace as the Los Blancos front trio ran riot in a 7-3 rout of the Andalucian side.
It was undoubtedly the best attacking display Real have put on since Ancelotti took charge in the summer, and the Italian said afterwards that he was pleased with what he saw, particularly from 24-year-old Bale, who moved to the club in a 91-million-euro deal from Tottenham Hotspur.
“Tonight everyone saw the real Gareth,” Ancelotti said. “He played really well, showing fantastic skills. It takes time but it was a necessity, now he doesn’t have problems physically and he is improving his confidence so he will be very important for us in the future.”
The Italian spoke of his concern about defensive errors though, and warned his team they need to cut them out if they are to achieve their trophy targets this season.
“It was a bit of a crazy game, we started very well and were 3-0 up. We then lost a bit of concentration and balance and the game was alive againm” he stated, before adding “obviously we need more balance to avoid problems going forward, but up front all three players were very dangerous.”