No excuses for Real Madrid despite Bale dismissal : Zidane

Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale has been handed a two-match ban by La Liga's competition committee following his dismissal during Los Blancos' 3-3 home draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday evening.

The game turned just three minutes into the second-half when Bale uncharacteristically lost his temper after a late challenge from Jonathan Viera.

It is no secret that Zinedine Zidane is a long time admirer of his compatriot and that he would have signed Pogba for Real Madrid last summer. Real Madrid now sit in second place in La Liga with 56 points, one point behind rival Barcelona but with one less game played.

Scoring for Real Madrid against Las Palmas on Wednesday evening, Isco is in good form and so the slant on a potential transfer has changed from "where will he go?' to 'oh no, this could be a big mistake". "Before the game we talked about things that we needed to avoid doing, but we keep doing them".

Nano Mesa is the only injured player in the home squad, while Florian Lejuene is suspended due to the red card he received in the match against Real Sociedad.

"These things happen in football, but I hope it doesn't happen again until the end of the season". "It will be hard right until the end, as I've said before and I stand by that", he told reporters.

Real have dropped five points in their last three games, losing to Valencia and scraping a 3-2 win over Villarreal before drawing with Las Palmas. We have to think about the positives. We are never going to look for excuses, we depend on ourselves in the sense that we know what we can get by fighting and working in training and in matches.

"At the end of the day we can not be content with what we are doing, but we have time to change and we will turn it around".

  • Julie Sanders