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Zidane: Important Year For Gareth Bale

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The coach says that the Wales international star still has some catching up to do in terms of his fitness but was delighted with the forward’s weekend display.

While reluctant to single out a player for praise, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was happy with Gareth Bale’s two-goal performance, claiming it is an important season for the attacker.

After guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, Bale carried over his international form to club level, scoring twice as Madrid opened their La Liga campaign with a 3-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Despite a limited pre-season, Bale starred in San Sebastian, breaking the deadlock in the second minute before completing his double  in stoppage time after Marco Asensio put the European champions 2-0 up at half-time.

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“I am happy for him. He still has some catching up to do physically but that didn’t show today,” Zidane told reporters.

“We started in the best way possible, scoring a goal quickly, which made things easy for us.

“It is a tough ground to come to and if you don’t take your chances things can get complicated. We scored three without conceding. I don’t like to speak specifically about one player but when Gareth scores twice… It is an important year for him and he has shown that.”

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