Stats: Did Man United target Gareth Bale answer his critics in Madrid derby?

The Welshman became something of a scapegoat after Real’s defeat to Valencia at the weekend, but how did he get on against Atletico last night?

Real Madrid have started 2015 in uncharacteristic fashion, with a 2-1 defeat away to Valencia at the weekend compounded last night by a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Gareth Bale suffered at the hands of the Spanish press after the La Liga defeat, with the former Tottenham Hotspur man botching a one-on-one chance and being called selfish as a result.

With Cristiano Ronaldo rested for the cup clash last night, there was even more responsibility put on the Wales international’s shoulders.

According to stats on, Bale received a 6.4 rating for his showing at the Vicente Calderon - the fourth lowest in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

Bale attempted three shots at goal, all of which were off target and did not work Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The world’s most expensive player tried to dribble past opponents on three occasions, two of which were successful, while he won 60 per cent of his aerial battles.

Bale attempted 23 passes during the encounter, 18 of which reached their intended destination, giving him a 78 per cent success rate. However, only Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Keylor Navas attempted fewer passes to team-mates.

The Welshman did not make any successful tackles during the game, was caught offside twice and committed one foul.

Bale did have the ball in the Atletico net after 13 minutes, heading home James Rodriguez’s free-kick, but the winger was correctly adjudged to be offside.

Despite being given a vote of confidence by Carlo Ancelotti by playing the entire match, Bale’s relatively underwhelming performance means that the spotlight will continue to be on him in the side’s clash with Espanyol on Saturday.

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