Roma win can reignite Real


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Gareth Bale hopes Real Madrid’s 2-0 win at Roma in the Champions League can kick-start their season.

Los Blancos, who lost coach Zinedine Zidane and star forward Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer, have struggled this term and Julen Lopetegui was axed as boss in October following a 5-1 El Clasico humbling at Barcelona.

Real went down 3-0 at Eibar on Saturday but responded in Europe with a 2-0 win in the Italian capital on Tuesday, a result that sealed top spot in Champions League Group G.

Bale came in for heavy criticism after the loss to Eibar but played a key role in Rome as he grabbed the defending champions’ opener and helped set up Lucas Vazquez’s second.

The Welshman now hopes his side can get their campaign back on track by going on a winning run.

“The manager [Santiago Solari] told us at halftime we needed to keep playing the way we know,” said Bale.

“And in the second half, we played very well, played the ball like we normally do. We got some confidence back and need to build on that now.

“We know obviously the start of the season was not exactly as we would like. We need to keep working hard together as a team to get the performances and get the results and get back up the table in the league.”

The Bernabeu outfit are fifth in La Liga and six points adrift of pacesetters Sevilla after 13 games.

Real are 11.00 to win the Champions league outright, while Barca can be backed at 6.00.

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