Sunday August 10 2014
Toshack ‘has Navas doubts’

John Toshack has questioned Real Madrid’s decision to sign Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

The former Madrid and Wales Coach has spoken to Marca in advance of the European Super Cup in Cardiff this week and as well as discussing Gareth Bale and what the fixture means to the city, has given his thoughts on Los Blancos’ summer transfers.

Sunday August 10 2014
‘Who could doubt Bale?’

John Toshack has said Gareth Bale has been as successful at Real Madrid as he anticipated but warned against comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale will return to Cardiff this week for the European Super Cup against Sevilla and former Madrid and Wales Coach Toshack has run the rule of his compatriot in an interview with Marca.

“Who could doubt Bale? I don’t understand,” Toshack said.

“I told Marca before that if they were patient, Madrid would be really successful. Since the end of last season there’s been a great Bale.

Sunday August 10 2014
Toshack: Super Cup great for Wales

Former Real Madrid and Wales Coach John Toshack believes Tuesday’s European Super Cup is the biggest game ever played in the country.

Toshack, who has also been in charge of Real Sociedad and Macedonia, among others, and is now working in Morocco, has been interviewed by Marca about the Madrid-Sevilla fixture this week.

The game sees Gareth Bale return to his home town for the meeting of Champions League and Europa League holders and Toshack feels Wales has never hosted a game of this magnitude.

Friday April 18 2014
Toshack: Don’t blame Messi

John Toshack has said that it’s unfair to point the finger at Lionel Messi for the trouble at Barcelona this season.

The former Liverpool striker has spoken to La Xarxa, with his comments published by Mundo Deportivo.

In the interview Toshack discussed his fellow Welshman Gareth Bale and his first season at Real Madrid.

Toshack also touched on the situation at Barcelona and called for the critics to lay off the Argentine.

Friday April 18 2014
Toshack not surprised by Bale form

John Toshack has said he hasn’t been surprised by the recent form of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

Mundo Deportivo reports Toshack as saying he expected his compatriot to succeed at Santiago Bernabeu, but added it was always going to take time to reach his current level.

“I’m not surprised by what Bale is doing. It’s what I’ve seen since he was 15,” Toshack told La Xarxa.

Saturday March 29 2014
Toshack: What Bale did was criminal

Former Real Madrid boss John Toshack has hit out at Gareth Bale for changing his boots against Sevilla on Wednesday.

The Wales international left the pitch 70 minutes in against the Rojiblancos to change his footwear.

Whilst the former Spurs man was taking his boots off and putting on new ones by the touchline, Sevilla began an unhindered counter-attack on the left-wing exactly where Bale should have been defending.

And after Los Blancos lost 2-1 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, the tactician claimed that what the winger did was ‘criminal’.

Friday March 21 2014
Toshack: End of an era for Barca

Former Real Madrid Coach John Toshack believes Barcelona will need luck on their side to come out on top of El Clasico.

The sides meet on Sunday and Toshack has told CandenaSER that Madrid are the better team, while Barca need little short of a miracle to take the points.

“Barca will need a flower growing of their backsides to win. They’ll need all the luck in the world to beat Madrid and if they do, it will be a massive surprise,” the former Wales manager said.

Wednesday October 9 2013
Toshack: €100m fee not Bale’s fault

Former Real Madrid boss John Toshack says the reported €100m fee his former club paid for Gareth Bale is not the player’s fault.

“You can’t blame Gareth if the clubs and their Presidents arrived at that figure, it’s their fault,” maintained Toshack in declarations to La Xarxa.

“I don’t want to go into the ins and outs of what he is worth, but what I do know is that Bale is not very far from Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s level.

Friday June 7 2013
‘Bale is better than Neymar’

Former Real Madrid Coach John Toshack has enthused at compatriot Gareth Bale’s rise at Tottenham, suggesting he is better than Barcelona’s Neymar.

Bale has been increasingly linked with a summer move out to La Liga, with Madrid said to be preparing an offer of between €80m and €100m to beat off competition from a host of Premier League sides.

For Toshack, who gave Bale his debut at international level with the Wales team, the 23-year-old would provide value for money, standing as a better player than Barca’s new recruit Neymar.

Friday October 5 2012
Toshack: Seven long months for Madrid

Former Real Madrid boss John Toshack says it will be seven long months for Real Madrid if they lose El Clasico to Barcelona.

The Welshman believes the eight-point gap between Jose Mourinho’s men and Barca means there is now no room for error in Sunday’s game at the Camp Nou.

“If they get a draw then it wouldn’t be too bad but there’s a big difference between eight points and 11 points if they lose,” said Toshack, who was speaking at golf day organised for former Real Madrid and Barcelona players in Salou.

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