Bale behaviour would be 'simply inconceivable' at Liverpool - Toshack

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John Toshack blames Gareth Bale for Real Madrid’s defeat to Sevilla on Wednesday.

When Sevilla scored their second goal of the evening against Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Gareth Bale was inactive.

Not because he was waiting for the referee to give him the signal to come back on to the pitch, not because he was down with injury, not because he was getting medical treatment on the touchline, but because he was changing his shoes.

That meant that Madrid were effectively down to 10 men when the Andalusian outfit scored what proved to be the winning goal 18 minutes from time, Ivan Rakitic launching a counter-attack and setting up Carlos Bacca to complete his brace.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s 2-1 defeat in Seville meant that after going 31 games undefeated, they have now lost two matches in a row and are three points off the pace with eight more rounds of matches remaining.

Ancelotti himself has played down the significance of the incident, claiming that the Welshman “couldn't keep on playing with his boots like that”, but Bales’s compatriot Toshack has landed hard on him.

"Bale changing his boots 70 minutes in - leaving the pitch to change them - is criminal; the coach should give him the silent treatment for a month," Marca quotes the 65-year-old as saying. "At Liverpool, the club I grew up at, it would be simply inconceivable."

To be fair to Bale, he needed to change his shoes, but perhaps he should have waited for the ball to go out of play to do that.

Having scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists in 22 La Liga appearances, the former Tottenham Hotspur winger might be forgiven for that mistake, although it may come under more scrutiny at the end of the season should Madrid fail to win the title.

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