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Bernabéu Bites, 12.01.2013: Breaking: Bale's Spanish Not As Good As His Game

Times are pretty good at the Bernabéu. Let's get into the Sunday tidbits.

Denis Doyle

Gareth Bale got to take home the ball from his first Real Madrid hattrick. Things are clearly coming along well for the Welshman. His Spanish, if you were wondering, isn't quite up to the level of his play as evidenced by his post-match interview with Rhiannon Jones:

No one should complain with Bale's play doing all the talking for him anyway. Here are his action areas from the Valladolid match. The winger (he self-identifies as such in the interview above) spent a lot of his time centrally, as expected.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Gareth Bale: jugó más por el centro que por la derecha, vía <a href="">@Squawka</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Soy Madridista (@soymadridista) <a href="">November 30, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Pepe, Jesé and Sergio Ramos's post-match comments are rounded up here. Perhaps the most interesting tidbit to draw from here is when Ramos addresses handing Florentino Pérez his match shirt as a sign of appreciation. Ramos likens the relationship to a father-son one, in which a father and son may not always agree but remain appreciative. He also says there's no economic differences in proposed wages for his renewal, though that's probably not true.

Meanwhile, the steady rock that is Xabi Alonso is once again bringing rock steadiness to the pitch:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Since <a href="">@XabiAlonso</a>&#39;s return, Real Madrid haven&#39;t lost a game: 7 matches with 6 wins and one draw.</p>&mdash; SB (@Realmadridplace) <a href="">December 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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