The Wales international sees no need to alter his game in the wake of accusations that he is too selfish
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has insisted he has not changed his playing style despite receiving criticism from some Madrid supporters after not passing to Cristiano Ronaldo in a Liga game last month.
The Welshman was jeered during the Santiago Bernabeu side’s 3-0 win over Espanyol when he went for goal himself rather than pass to his Portuguese team-mate.
Having received backing from Ronaldo and head coach Carlo Ancelotti, Bale has made it clear he has not altered anything in the wake of his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Schalke at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday.
“I haven’t really adapted my style of play,” the former Tottenham star told Sky Sports.
“In certain games, if a sight of goal has opened up I’ll take it. But [against Schalke] I think my team-mates were in better positions and I tried to play the ball around.”
Ronaldo was on target in Madrid’s 2-0 win, with Marcelo adding the second to give the defending European champions a commanding lead in the last-16 tie.
It forms part of a strong recovery following the club’s 4-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid earlier this month and Bale was delighted with their response.
“We’re relieved and over the Atletico result.
“It wasn’t a great result for us but we’ve bounced back with two wins on the trot and hopefully there will be another one at the weekend and in the return leg.
“We know it’s going to be difficult to retain the Champions League – it was difficult winning it last year. All we can do is take each game as it comes and hope we’re the champions at the end.
“We’re playing with confidence and we’re enjoying our football and when we do that we play our best football. Hopefully we can keep that going.”