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Bale "ready for battle" against FC Barcelona

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Gareth Bale is determined to help his team get the win.

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Gareth Bale is back after spending quite some time on the sidelines with an injury. The Welsh player started the season in good form playing behind the striker but then he picked up an injury in a meaningless game against Andorra once Wales had secured a spot in next year's Eurocup.

He is "feeling strong and fit for this match", adding that he is also "ready for battle" in an interview with Bwin for Realmadrid.com.

The team's current form

"We've been in good form so far this season, we've only lost one game and I still think there is some room for improvement. We could still be better, play better, and I'm hoping that, as the season goes on, our form continues to improve and that leads us to winning La Liga".

"I've been out with injury for six weeks so I haven't had a chance to play much this season. Nowhere near as much as I would have liked anyway, but I'm feeling strong and fit for this game. I'm ready for battle. I want to keep trying to give my best, to work hard and to help the team win".

His contribution

"I think I can provide the team with my speed and my strength. Those attributes always act as a bonus for us".

The goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final

"That's among the most cherished goals of my career. It's definitely one of the goals I have etched into my memory and I'm sure it will remain there for a long time to come".

Bale will be a crucial player for Real Madrid if Los Blancos want to cut Barcelona's lead in La Liga. Real host Barça this Saturday at 18:15 CET.