Gareth Bale defended his form after he took heavy abuse on Twitter for being the cause of Real Madrid losing to Juventus on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final.
Bale has come in for repeated criticism in Spain and the boo-boys were out again in the second half of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital as Bale missed a string of chances – five in the second half alone.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. And if you're Gareth Bale, you miss 100% of the ones you do take, too.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 13, 2015
BREAKING: Bale has been diagnosed with "Torres syndrome"— FootballHub (@FootbalIhub) May 13, 2015
The result saw Madrid’s defence of their European crown end with a 3-2 aggregate defeat but, while disappointed, Bale defended his own role.
“There have been some ups and downs but personally I think I’ve played well,” he told Sky Sports of his season. “I’ve maybe not scored as many important chances as I’d like but my general play has been good. My finishing is not as good and that’s something to work on for next year.
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger and I’ll learn from this season and take it on.”
Bale had Madrid’s first chance of the night, heading over after just 35 seconds, and then five in the second half but never managed to test Gianluigi Buffon with a shot on target.
Gareth Bale: Had as many shots (7) as the entire Juventus team but hit the target just once #RealJuve— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 13, 2015
“I was unlucky not to grab one,” he said. “As long as I keep trying, usually one goes in. Unfortunately it didn’t happen tonight and you move on.”
His best chance was a back-post header which he sent over from point-blank range.
“I got a slight touch (from a defender) and I couldn’t get over the ball,” he said. “It’s one of those things that happen in football and you move on.”
Bale did also have some defenders on social media.
Gareth Bale hardly had his greatest night last night - but kept going, never hid for a second & posed more of a threat than a lot of others.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) May 14, 2015