Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on Gareth Bale, claiming that Real Madrid looked like they were playing with 10 men against Juventus, such was the Welshman’s non-existent performance.
The reigning European champions suffered a 2-1 semi-final first leg defeat to the recently-crowned Serie A champions at the Juventus Stadium. [Juventus claim narrow first leg win over Real Madrid] [Overreaction Theatre: Bale and Ramos savaged after Real Madrid defeat] Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata opened the scoring after just eight minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised midway through the first half. Carlos Tevez netted the winner on the hour mark, but former Manchester United midfielder Keane – now a pundit for ITV – claimed that Real Madrid had an uphill battle from the start thanks to Bale’s ineffectiveness. Barring a jinking solo run in the opening few minutes that saw Leonardo Bonucci booked for a foul, the Welshman was largely anonymous during the 90 minutes and he was later replaced by Jese Rodriguez.
Keane said: “It’s very difficult to win a big game like this when you’re only playing with 10 men. Gareth Bale gave them absolutely nothing tonight.” The Irishman also took aim at Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal, who needlessly gave away the penalty that led to Juventus’ decisive second goal. “I’m angry with him and I’m not even involved in the game. I’m fuming,” Keane said. “[If you were one of his team-mates] You’d go up to him at the end of the game and say “what are you doing?” “It is absolutely schoolboy stuff, and he’s cost them the game. You’d lynch him.”