Former Spurs midfielder Modric: It’s Gareth Bale’s show on Saturday

Gareth Bale missed Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid to prepare for Saturday’s game against Villarreal.

During Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey Semi-Final first leg against Atletico Madrid, there was a notable absentee - Welshman Gareth Bale.

The 24-year-old who joined Los Blancos from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported world record fee of €100m has been battling injuries throughout the season. His latest setback came as a result of a crude challenge from Granada defender Jesion Murillo during Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite Bale’s exclusion, Real Madrid put on arguably their best performance of the season – crushing their city rivals 3-0 and putting one foot in a possible final against FC Barcelona.

Following the match, Spanish press AS quoted another ex-Spurs star Luka Modric as he spoke of the importance of beating top clubs such as Atletico Madrid:

“In this game we had a lot of luck. It is always important to win big games like this over sides like Atletico Madrid – who are enjoying a very good season.”

When asked if receiving an ovation from the Madrid fans was the best moment of his career, Modric responded:

“Yes, I appreciate the fans, I like how they enjoy my game, but it’s more important that the team is playing well.”

Modric was then asked to sum up his feelings on his former Spurs teammate Gareth Bale, with the Croatian responding that Saturday is vitally important for Gareth Bale in the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo:

“He trained normally over the last two or three days.”

“Today the boss didn’t want to force the match on him because on Saturday we have a crucial game (against Villarreal) and Cristiano can’t play. It was therefore better to give Gareth another game’s rest. “

“Bale is going to be so important on Saturday.”

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