Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

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Wales worldwide Gareth Bale has made a stunning remark about Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming Real Madrid are working more as a team presently.

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema has predicted the club that will win the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League trophy.

Bale avoided the question of whether new boss Julen Lopetegui is a better manager than the French great, but accepts Lopetegui's command of English has made it easier to communicate.

"You could opt to take the ball down and do something then, but you know you are in a situation where if you're going to get closed down you have to try something", Bale said.

"I really wanted to score these first goals and I'm happy to have found the net", Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.

Bale has shone in the spotlight since Ronaldo's departure for Juventus, scoring in all of Real's opening three La Liga wins and providing the equaliser for Isco in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Obviously, I was a little tense with all the talk after my move from Real Madrid and not scoring, so there were a lot of expectations, but I thank my team-mates for supporting me throughout.

"If you have time to think about it, it doesn't come off".

The Wales forward added: "I knew exactly where the ball went and you can see in the video my head turns to look exactly where the ball is going".

I don't know how it wasn't on that list! You try to make it more hard because if it doesn't go in the corner I always give them a problem if it's right down their throat.

"It's maybe a bit more relaxed, yes".

"I'm not sure I want to answer that", he said. "I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player".

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