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Gareth Bale hasn’t had it easy at Real Madrid but he returns to England in rich form, writes Adam Bate. Jordan Henderson Jersey ... In the week following Riyad Mahrezs PFA Player of the Year award, the 2013 winner returns to these shores to face Premier League opposition for the first time since his departure from Tottenham.Gareth Bale will be in the Real Madrid team for their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City - and he is in fine form too. No issue with Ronaldo Gareth Bale insists there are no problems between him and Cristiano Ronaldo. Such are the extraordinary demands at Madrid that, despite scoring the winner in a Champions League final, his three seasons with the club have not been without their difficulties. And yet, Bale has directly contributed to 28 La Liga goals this season - 18 goals and 10 assists. Thats the same total as Mahrez in the Premier League and hes managed it in a fraction of the game time.Indeed, Bales goals alone have come at a rate of one every 87 minutes this season. Thats better than both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Rivals for his role in the side such as James Rodriguez and Isco have proven nowhere near as effective despite having received some very public backing. Best strike rates in La Liga Player Team Goals Mins per goal Karim Benzema Real Madrid 23 80 Luis Suarez Barcelona 34 85 Gareth Bale Real Madrid 18 87 Imanol Agirretxe Real Sociedad 13 90 Lionel Messi Barcelona 25 98 Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 31 99 Bale had begun the season under fire, a legacy of last seasons struggles. He was jeered by Real fans in a friendly against Galatasaray and a Marca poll put him out of the starting line-up on the eve of the campaign. A similar vote in AS saw him scraping into the team but only ahead of Karim Benzema and with a fraction of the votes of James and Isco.Rafa Benitez, then manager at the time, was unconvinced by those arguments. If you analyse Bales movements, youll see they give the team respite, he told AS. Isco and James develop play between the lines, but not Gareth. He creates spaces and looks to makes runs behind the defence. As a result, Benitez looked to increase Bales involvement. Bale scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Rayo Vallecano The two discussed his role in the side at the start of the season and Bale was allowed to go in search of the ball in central positions. While 61 per cent of his touches in last seasons Champions League were restricted to the right flank, its been only 30 per cent this season. Hes enjoyed it. No wonder he was reportedly unimpressed when Benitez was sacked.Fortunately, Bale has found another admirer in Zinedine Zidane. As long ago as 2013, the new Real boss had confirmed as much to Sky Sports. Hes unique, said Zidane. He makes things look easy, his pace is frightening and his acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space. Zidane hails Bale Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Gareth Bales performance against Rayo Vallecano. So while the whispers were that Benitezs exit could precipitate changes to the forward line and a chance for James to reignite his Real career, instead it is Bale who immediately produced his best form. A hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna in Zidanes first game in charge was particularly timely. Bale has been impressed with the impact Zinedine Zidane has made since taking over in January In my opinion, his performance against Deportivo was his best display in a Real shirt, Guillem Balague told Sky Sports. Soon, Zidane was talking of Bale being a key player for the squad and someone he was determined to give all the care and support he needs. They are words that Ronaldo and the rest can hardly have failed to pick up on. Bale feels the confidence of Zidane but more than that he actually feels that Ronaldo sees him as a star, not just a friend of the president. Guillem Balague Its the fact he can now move freely and more importantly its accepted by both Ronaldo and Benzema, added Balague. Bale feels the confidence of Zidane but more than that he actually feels that Ronaldo sees him as a star, not just a friend of the president. Thats the biggest thing thats happened to Gareth Bale.And so, he arrives in form, impressing with two goals against Rayo Vallecano in a comeback win at the weekend. His first goal was a header - an eighth in La Liga this season, more than anyone else in Europes major leagues and the sort he has spoken of working on every day at Valdebebas. The second was a brilliant solo effort. Zidane rated the display as phenomenal. Head boy Gareth Bale has found the net with eight headers this season - more than any other player in Europes major leagues. As a result, the mood has changed - as it can among supporters who booed Zidane, Ronaldo and even Alfredo Di Stefano in the past. Bale is in shape and in form, a player who has grown on and off the field as a result of his experiences in Spain. He left as the best player in Britain. He returns better than ever. Also See: Man City v Real Madrid preview Zidane hails phenomenal Bale Danny Welbeck Jersey . "Im not even that added up," the 39-year-old Australian replied. And to the Hall of Famers surprise, when all the math was done Sunday in the JTBC Founders Cup, she was the one posing for pictures with the big trophy. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Jersey . While plenty of statistics illustrate Torontos turnaround in the second year of manager Ryan Nelsens tenure, stopping goals is not one of them.SAN FRANCISCO -- Rene Rivera remembers his last home run, three years ago next month at Oakland for the Minnesota Twins. His latest will certainly be memorable, too, and did plenty to give San Diegos inconsistent offence a boost. Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to follow his two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, single handedly backing Tyson Ross in the Padres 6-4 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. "Sooner or later our hittings going to come around," Rivera said. "We needed this one. Its a good feeling. Its good for the team." Ross (3-3) did just enough over 5 1-3 innings to beat the Giants for the second time in 11 days, allowing eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts and two walks. After Michael Morse put San Francisco ahead on two-run single in the fourth, Rivera answered with his first homer of the year. He hadnt driven in a run all season before Monday, and the five RBIs were most by a Padres player at 15-year-old AT&T Park. "We needed a game like that from one of our guys," manager Bud Black said. "Its been a long time coming. Weve had a hard time scoring runs in bunches." Brandon Hicks homered for the second straight day, following his walkoff a day earlier against Cleveland with a leadoff shot in the fifth. Hunter Pence hit an RBI triple in the fourth. First base umpire Angel Hernandez had two calls overturned by replay. Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out in the third to request a review after Hernandez called Xavier Nady safe on a close play at first. The umpiring crew overturned the call in 1 minute, 31 seconds. Hernandez was involved in another overturn in the fourth when Black requested a review. Ross was ruled thrown out by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. In 1:18, the call was overturned and Sandoval was charged with an error. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (2-3) walked a season-high four, and his four earned runs matched his most of 2014. He didnt pitch into the sixth for the third time in his six starts and lost three straight outings for tthe first time since Aug. Tom Heaton Jersey. 25-Sept. 5, 2012. The Giants had won seven straight home games against the Padres started by the lefty. "I think its fair to say hes made a few more mistakes than were accustomed to," Bochy said. "A strange night. We just couldnt get it done." Ross, born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, faced the minimum through three -- helped by double plays in the first and second then two strikeouts in the third. The right-hander pitched eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in his April 18 win against San Francisco at Petco Park as San Diego took two of three from its division rival. "Its always nice to come back home and get a win," Ross said. "The defence was great tonight and got me out of a couple jams, and the offence came to play." Alexi Amarista drove in an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Huston Street, San Diegos fourth reliever, then finished for his 10th save in as many tries and 35 of 36 dating to last May. He lowered his ERA to 0.82. NOTES: A moment of silence and a video tribute were held before the game for Hall of Fame Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who died in January at 89. Another moment of silence was held for victims of the ferry disaster in South Korea as the Giants celebrated Korean Heritage Night. ... San Diego OF Seth Smith missed his third straight start as he nurses a strained groin sustained Thursday night against the Nationals. He could return this series. ... Chase Headley, out since April 25 with a strained right calf, is improving and took some swings in the indoor cage. ... Padres INF/OF Tommy Medica was recalled from Triple-A El Paso three days after being optioned and flying from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento. "Thats the Schwarzenegger special, Sacramento to D.C.," Black said of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Medica couldnt get off the plane in time Monday morning to avoid a trip to Los Angeles then a second flight back to San Francisco. He took the roster spot of INF Jedd Gyorko, who went on the paternity leave list. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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