Zidane: Important year for Bale

Zidane: "It is an important year for Bale and he has shown that."

Bale gave the visitors a quick-fire lead and later wrapped up the win.

Gareth Bale has started the new campaign in flying colours as the Welshman scored a brace in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Real Sociedad.

Zinedine Zidane's side were in cruise control on Sunday evening as they thrashed Real Sociedad 3-0 at the Anoeta Stadium, with Bale scoring in the second minute and during stopped time following Marco Asensio's strike that put Madrid 2-0 up at half-time.

However, the Los Blancos legend Zidane was delighted with Bale's performance on the day and believes it is an important campaign for the former Tottenham attacker who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

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"I am happy for him. He still has some catching up to do physically but that didn't show today," Zidane told reporters.

"We started in the best way possible, scoring a goal quickly, which made things easy for us.

"It is a tough ground to come to and if you don't take your chances things can get complicated. We scored three without conceding.

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"I don't like to speak specifically about one player but when Gareth scores twice… It is an important year for him and he has shown that."

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