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Every year there is pressure on Bale and he has handled it brilliantly- Ryan Giggs

Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva

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The Welsh manager is convinced his national team ace has what it takes to drive Real Madrid to greater heights even without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Keeping with the good days at Real Madrid in the after-shower of the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, Gareth Bale is on the song for the club by maintaining a goal per game in this La Liga season. As he hopes to carry Real Madrid now, his national team manager and Manchester United's most decorated player Ryan Giggs insisted that Gareth is capable of being the star man after Ronaldo.

There were round of talks on the vacant position of Cristiano and who Florentino Perez would sign to don the #7 jersey. Eden Hazard, Neymar were on the radar but Bale has assumed Ronaldo's starring role in the Spanish capital since the start of the season.

"When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise," Giggs said. 

"It's a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time," he told Sky.

"Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly."

"It's a bit different this year because Cristiano has left and there will be more focus on the players who are going to replace the goals. But Gareth has shown his qualities in big games and that he can handle anything that is thrown at him," he quipped.

The former Tottenham forward has been blighted with injuries since his move to Spain and Giggs, who also struggled with his fitness as a player, is sympathetic to Bale's situation.


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"He has started this season on fire," Giggs said. "But there's never really a time when he is not playing well.

"I think always the problem with Gareth is that when he has been injured, he's then had to come back and get more game time."

"But when he plays, he always plays well and more or less scores."

"It was probably when I was 28 when I really started realising what was good for me," Giggs added.

"Preparing for games, maybe not training as much or not as intensively and some days training more.

"It's a fine balance. Some days if you can feel there is an injury around the corner you then pull yourself out of a game which isn't easy and you don't always get it right.

"But it's something you have to try and do for the longer time that you are playing. Miss one game and play the next," Giggs said.

"I was lucky having a manager like Sir Alex Ferguson who was quite happy to do that. It takes time to know your body and get used to what is good for you," he added.

Bale, who became Wales' all-time leading scorer earlier this year surpassing Ian Rush's record, is part of Giggs' 25-man squad for the forthcoming UEFA League of Nation's fixtures against Republic of Ireland and Denmark. Ryan Giggs has managed three games for Wales incurred a win, a draw and a loss. 

Published: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:25 AM IST

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