Gareth Bale’s recent performances have “bothered” Real Madrid fans and Predrag Mijatovic believes the Copa del Rey Classic on Wednesday against Barcelona could be his “last chance”.
Welsh international Wale missed three weeks earlier this year due to a calf injury, but made a comeback as a substitute in the 4-2 win against Espanyol on 27 January.
He reappeared from the bench in the Girona Cup triumph last week, but was replaced after 63 minutes when he returned to the starting lineup for Sunday’s 3-0 win over Deportivo Alaves.
With the young end, Vinicius Junior joining good performances, including a goal against Alaves, Mijatovic think that Bale could not be favored under Santiago Solari, especially if he failed to impress Barça at Camp Nou during the match go semi-finals. .
“Someone has to defend and Lucas [Vázquez] knows how to follow and help.” On the left, Vinicius plays well and Bale has his problems, “Mijatovic told Cadena SER.
“If (Solari) plays with Basel, it’s his last chance, we’re all mad at him.” Vinicius plays Bernabéu better.
“Barcelona have tremendous offensive power, they are able to score three goals in five minutes, they are the leaders [in Liga], they are in the Champions League and Cup.
“It’s a two-legged eliminator, we have to go out and get a good result, remember, no matter how it ends, if you get a good result, Barça can also win at Bernabéu.”
Lionel Messi was included in the Barça team despite his injury in the 2-2 draw against Valencia on Saturday, but Mijatovic doubted he would take the risk with the five-time Golden Ball winner.
“He’s a key player and he knows himself, he’ll tell [Ernesto Valverde] if he can start, and if there’s a risk, he’ll be on the bench, and with Messi’s experience, I do not do not think he’s stupid. ” Enough to take the risk, “he added.
Barça enter the match after a 2-2 draw against Valencia, which found that the lead in the league table was six points after Atlético de Madrid could beat Real Betis.
Real Madrid is third in the standings, eight points behind the Catalans. Solari’s men currently have four straight wins in the league.