Thierry Henry says Gareth Bale isn't the player he was at Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale

Arsenal legend says Gareth Bale is lacking the directness he had at Tottenham Hotspur.

Real Madrid secured an impressive result away to Schalke in the Champions League, but didn't quite click on all cylinders.

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goal drought by netting the opener, with Marcelo adding another to record a solid 2-0 away win to give them a huge advantage to move in the quarter-finals.

The performance of Gareth Bale was a talking point, with the Welshman struggling to make an impact and looking like his attacking instincts had been somewhat blunted by recent criticism.

The Guardian had reported how he had been booed by the crowd at the Bernabeu previously for failing to pass to Ronaldo.

Against Schalke, Bale did not have a single shot at goal, and while he made two key passes, he was at times wasteful in key areas and completed just 71 per cent of his passes.

Former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry believes the Real Madrid forward is struggling at present and needs to go back to being more direct. 

He told SkySports: "The Bale at Tottenham would have destroyed them and go one v one versus the keeper more. He needs to find the right balance. It's not an easy one. You can't keep everybody happy."

Former Spurs coach Glenn Hoddle added: "He feels like he's got to please, he's not going to play naturally."

The 25-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided six assists this season in 26 games. Last season he scored 21 goals and provided 16 assists - while in his final season at Tottenham Bale netted 24 goals and provided seven assists.

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