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Gareth Bale 'not in good mood' after being benched at Juventus

Gareth Bale appears more isolated than ever at Real Madrid after not playing in his side's 3-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League and barely celebrating his side's goals, but coach Zinedine Zidane said he understood the player's frustration.

The Wales forward is Madrid's second-top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo this season but has become dispensable in the biggest games, with Zidane starting without him in both of their Champions League last-16 games with Paris St Germain before leaving him on the bench in the quarter-final first leg at Juve.

While his fellow substitutes wildly celebrated Ronaldo's outrageous bicycle kick goal against Juventus, Bale barely reacted.

He also did not stay on the pitch with the rest of his team mates to salute their fans after coming on as a substitute in their 3-1 win at home to PSG in February, which was interpreted in the Spanish media as a sign of his anger at not starting against the French side.

The Wales forward had a dream first campaign at Real following a then world-record 85.5-million-pound move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, scoring in the Champions League and King's Cup final victories over Atletico Madrid.








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