20th August, 2018
Gareth Bale showed he can be relied upon to properly fill the void left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo by putting up a very inspiring performance as Real Madrid begun their first LaLiga campaign under Julen Lopetegui with a 2-0 comfortable win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As expected by many of his fans, Bale seized his opportunity to impress the crowd with his brilliant style of football and contributions to the victory over Getafe. He not only set up Dani Carvajal for the opening goal but also went on to score the second himself just after the resumption of the second half of the game.
It was a beautiful way to try and erase their recent loss to Athletico Madrid in the EUFA Super Cup match played a few days back. Life just has to move on.
Bale, starting as usual wide on the right of the pitch, got close to scoring much earlier on in the game when he hit the bar with a diving header. He then had a hand in the making of the first goal as Getafe’s goalkeeper spilled a cross from him thereby giving Carvajal the chance to score.
The second goal was almost a gift from the Getafe goalkeeper as he was forced to parry Gareth Bale’s scathing shot into his own net six minutes into the second half of the game.
Generally, Real Madrid looked real slick now and then in the game but it was clear that Lopetegui’s fluid system is not yet in full flow. The central midfielders seemed reluctant to move forward and support Karim Benzema and, with Bale and Asensio sticking to their wings, it left the striker very isolated against the Getafe back four at times.
However, the team was able to restrict the visitors to almost no chances whatsoever and surely deserved to take all three points.
Lopetegui will be judged primarily on these early results, especially since Barcelona were allowed to build a lead in the title race from the very start of last season, so any victory will be considered a positive.
As for Gareth Bale, this season is surely going to be a pivotal one in his Real Madrid career, as he finally no longer needs to play in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and he has got off to an ideal start. He will have to continue to show such impressive performances as often as possible now.
His next opportunity comes up in Real Madrid’s next LaLiga match in Catalonia next Sunday to take on Girona, who started their season with a 0-0 draw against Real Valladolid.