‘Teamwork will decide Madrid derby’

Gareth Bale believes hard work, rather than a moment of individual brilliance, will ultimately determine Saturday’s Madrid derby between Real and Atletico.

Speaking in a video Q&A with Los Blancos’ official website, the Welshman tackled a wide range of topics, from rituals before matches to Cristiano Ronaldo’s return, but was quick to the stress the importance of the team ethic.

“The key is teamwork, as always. If we go out to play our [normal] game, we can stop any team,” he said.

“I don’t have any rituals before [the game], but I think it’s important to prepare well and feel comfortable. Obviously, we must stay focused on the game.

“Both [the Madrid and north London derbieis] are equal. Both are amazing games and fans live them with great intensity. I'm lucky I’ve been able to play in both.

“Obviously Cristiano’s a great player and to have him back is always a plus. I look forward to playing with him and continue winning [titles].

“[Karim Benzema]’s playing very well and I hope he continues scoring goals and performing at his [current] level."

“The win [against Sevilla] gives us added confidence. The key [against Atleti] is to work together because it’s a difficult game and we’re playing at their place.

“We’ll have to go all out, and if everyone gives the best of themselves, I’m sure we will win.

“The objective is to win the League. Although we’re well positioned now, we’ll continue fighting to get the three points each week.

“We’re going game by game, and hopefully we’ll be champions at the end of the season.”

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