Former Yugoslavian international, Pedrag Mijatovic admitted he is frustrated with Bale’s constant injury problems and thinks that he’s not a player on whom the Blancos can rely and build a team around.
According to the half Serbian and half Montenegrin forward, Gareth Bale lacks leadership qualities and is far away from being what Cristiano Ronaldo was for Real Madrid.
The Welshman had to be taken off due to a calf injury after 45 minutes of play with the Los Blancos in the lead by two goals to one.
Pedrag Mijatovic, who won four major trophies with the Madrid club between 1996 and 1999, has outlined some of his doubts over whether Bale is the right replacement for Ronaldo who joined Juventus in the summer for €112 million.
“It’s a shame about Bale,” Mijatovic said in an interview with El Larguero.“I like him, but he is nowhere near being a leader at a team like Real Madrid after Cristiano’s exit. It is worrying that he injures himself so often.”
The former Yugoslavia international also questioned some of the substitutions effected by Santiago Solari during the match against Villarreal.
Apart from Bale’s substitute, Luka Modric was substituted having been in doubt due to flu before the match and also Toni Kroos came off for Vinicius Junior towards the end of the match.
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“If a player starts the game and feels good, [let him continue],” said Mijatovic. “If he asks to be substituted, then that is one thing, but if not, I do not understand.
“The substitution of Modric was wrong. I don’t understand Kroos’ substitution, either.”
Mijatovic, who is more used to watching Real Madrid at their best form, admits that it is not easy to watch Madrid in their current form.
“I find it hard to watch Real Madrid this year,” he said. “They were good in the first half and when we all thought they were going to carry on, there was a disastrous second half and no play.”