Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale today discussed the criticism he receives, manager Zinedine Zidane and his biggest weakness as a footballer.

Up-and-down experience

Having played a starring role for Los Blancos during his first three seasons with the club, Welsh dynamo Bale suffered a major dip in form last season, with a combination of injury problems and a lack of confidence having resulted in the 28-year-old being booed by large sections of his own fans, and eventually being replaced in Zinedine Zidane’s starting lineup by Isco.

His struggles have continued into the current campaign, with Zidane having had to speak out in defence of Bale during a recent press conference following a highly-disappointing display versus Valencia in La Liga.

Today, in an interview with German outlet Bild, Bale discussed the harsh and oft-unwarranted criticism aimed at him.

When questioned on whether it upsets him, the Southampton youth product explained:

‘(Laughs) No, never. It’s all just opinions. They have to sell newspapers somehow and they need to write something… I’m used to people writing nice things and bad things… It’s not something which worries me.’

French tactician

The former Spurs star was then simply asked ‘what’s (Blancos boss) Zidane like?’

‘He’s very calm. He’s someone who really enjoys his football. He’s exactly the same as the person you see in front of the cameras. When we attack, he likes us to express ourselves. But when we defend, he wants the whole team to defend as one. He wants us to defend together, and for us to help each other out.’

The Welsh international went on to reveal that his biggest defect is that ‘I’m quite lazy. That’s probably the best answer.’

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