Real Madrid got another big win in Champions League group play over Galatasaray. One of the goals was a beautiful free kick from Gareth Bale.
“I am happy with the game and with the goal,” Bale told Real Madrid TV. “I have been practising my free kicks and luckily this one came off for me. It is one of the best goals of my career.”
Bale praised his teammates for their performance after having to play a man-down.
“We showed character and teamwork to play with one man less,” he said. “There are no limits for what we can achieve in this competition. We have a great chance to win the Champions League this year.”
“[Bale] is more dangerous and more comfortable on the right because when he comes inside he has the chance to shoot,” Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said in quotes reported by Madrid’s official website. “In the second half he played more in the centre and he did very well.”
“It is quite different without Cristiano,” he said. “His absence encourages and motivates the others. We were not so good in the first half. We did not play quickly enough. We had chances with Bale, but it was not easy to play because our full-backs did not get very far forward. After the red card, the match changed. The team reacted very well. The squad has a lot of quality.”