Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale was heavily criticised after he failed to deliver the goods against Juventus in the Champions League.
Some news outlets have given the Welshman an embarrassing match-rating of 1/10, while others claim the 25-year-old’s performance indicated he is destined to leave the Bernabeu in the summer.
Both appear a little far-fetched following one poor showing after coming back from an injury, however Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has taken it upon himself to heap praise on the under-performing star.
Despite being lambasted, Ancelotti argued the former Spurs player was just “tired” before bizarrely claiming he was their most dangerous player:
“Bale was tired; he’s just come back from an injury and he’s just too important for us.
He’s our most dangerous player and because he was tired, I preferred not to take any risks and I took him off.”
High praise indeed for an confidence-shy player who was surrounded by the more impressive talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Isco…
Ancelotti also defended Sergio Ramos, who’s ball retention against the Serie A giants was nothing short of abysmal:
“We did make more mistakes than we usually do, not just Sergio, but at the back we had more trouble because Juve put us under lots of pressure.
“But Sergio did a good job as he has done in the past games.
“We played well in some parts, we played some good, patient football and we have had some chances.
“We set out to win this game, the result is not good but not bad either.”