There was less than a quarter of an hour left when Gareth Bale made the unmistakable gesture of the change towards the bench. The Welshman played again after he did not travel to Moscow as a precaution. "Gareth is fine," Lopetegui said in the preview and the white 11 jumped to Mendizorroza. During the minutes he played, Bale was active – he put four centers to the area – but imprecise – he missed nine passes, the most of his team with Varane. Encaró although never left his pair. His time in the game was mediocre, like that of most of his Madrid teammates. It's the second time in a row that Bale does not finish a match due to physical problems, the 12th since he was at Real Madrid, a string of injuries that seemed forgotten at the beginning of the season but has reappeared just as the storm in the White House rages , when you need attack men and people with goals.
The march to the Welsh bench in Vitoria was curious. He had been wandering the lawn for a few minutes not to force, but he himself wanted to throw a foul when Vinicius was already waiting to enter, which meant that the change was delayed a little more. Bale's plans were to go with his national team, Wales, now during the international break and play against Spain on Thursday in Cardiff, which is now in the air.
Lopetegui left home with Bale and Benzema in the lead, regardless of a third attacker. Both players left the game prematurely. The Frenchman did not even jump on the field after the break; Mariano did it instead. The white coach explained after the duel: "They have gathered all the negative things that could come together. The injuries of Karim and Gareth, plus the last matches. Everything has weighed on the mentality of the team. " Now Madrid has two weeks to lick their wounds. You will see if it is a long or short time.