Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says he is feeling stronger and more confident as each game passes following his return from injury.
The Welshman has suffered with calf and hamstring problems this season but has scored eight goals and provided a further nine assists so far.
His latest assist was a superb cross-field pass into the path of Lucas Vasquez on Wednesday as Los Blancos beat Real Sociedad 3-1. Vasquez controlled the ball with a neat touch before slotting home past the onrushing goalkeeper late on to secure the three points.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Bale said he is feeling stronger than ever and his confidence is high after some good performances. He netted four goals in the recent 10-2 win over Rayo Vallecano too.
But the 26-year-old added that rather than focus on his own form, it is important to keep looking forward and working together as a team. Los Blancos face a tricky trip to Valencia tomorrow and all the pressure will be on under-fire boss Rafa Benitez once again.
“I feel strong and confident. I’ve come back stronger from injury and made a really good recovery. Against Valencia it’ll be a really tough game and we’re going to try to come away with three important points. I’d like to wish all the Madridistas a really Happy New Year,” Bale stated.