Bale ‘strong, fit and ready for battle’

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale says he is feeling ‘strong, fit and ready for battle’ ahead of the first Clasico of the season.

Bale has missed the last six weeks through injury but could return on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu and has told an interview with betting company bwin that he is prepared to return.

“I’ve been out injured for six weeks and I’ve not had the opportunity to play as much as I would like, but I feel fit, strong and ready for battle,” he said, Marca reports.

“[Madrid and Barcelona] are the two biggest teams in Spain. The rivalry is huge, it’s been there for many years, and we’re always competing for League titles, the Champions League and other competitions.

“There is a great rivalry, which adds pressure on the pitch and makes the games so exciting.

“So far we have been in good form and we’ve only lost one game, although I think we have room for improvement.

“I hope that as the season progresses we continue to improve our form and that leads us to win the League.

“They’ll play as they always do and we will too. I’m sure it’ll be an attacking game from both teams, where whoever scores the most goals will win. I hope they don’t score too many, since then Madrid will win.”

Bale was also asked about his role personally, and one of his most famous Madrid goals – against Barca – was cited when discussing his characteristics.

“My speed and power make defenders fearful, so that’s always a positive for us,” he said.

“I keep trying to do my best, to work hard and to help the team win.

“The goal against Barca in the Copa del Rey is among my most favourite goals of my career and it’s one that will be etched in my memory for a long time.”

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