Real Madrid got off to the perfect start under new manager Zinedine Zidane with a 5-0 thumping of Deportivo de La Coruña on Saturday, with Gareth Bale scoring a hat-trick
Gareth Bale started life under Zidane in the best manner possible, scoring a hat-trick in a resounding 5-0 victory, before being substituted to a standing ovation in the second half. However, Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly failed to get his name on the scoresheet, and fans on Twitter were quick to react to the Portuguese’s expression as Bale scored his third goal.
There was also plenty of praise for the Welshman, who has now scored more headed goals in the top 5 European leagues than any other player this season, as well as for Zidane, whose arrival seems to have brought with it optimism and hope for the season ahead.
The win keeps Los Blancos close to FC Barcelona, who won their game 4-0 against Granada thanks to a hat-trick from Lionel Messi. Here is some of the best reaction from Real Madrid’s comfortable victory on Saturday:
Quality hat trick for Bale tonight and great start under the leadership of Zidane #RealMadrid
— John Watson (@JWatsonCoach) January 9, 2016
— Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) January 9, 2016
6 – Gareth Bale has scored more headed goals than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season (6). Bonce.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 9, 2016
Bale takes home a souvenir of Zidane’s first game: the match ball. pic.twitter.com/zJB9TUBeZh
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 9, 2016
Bale is back ! pic.twitter.com/4cDemAEQNy
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) January 9, 2016
Ronaldo’s reaction to a Bale goal rarely even reaches the heights of grudging admiration
— aidan o’hara (@oharaa) January 9, 2016
— Gavin O’Connor (@GavinGmart) January 9, 2016
In a span of a week, Zidane has Madrid looking strong on offensive again ✊
— Djovany (@Sub_TweetJonny) January 9, 2016
First game 5-0, Zidane will go far in Real Madrid #Zidane
— Dimce (@reppintheshed) January 9, 2016
1 good game and Zidane is the best coach ever 😂😂 calm down guys
— Marcus Mariota (@Titans4TheWin) January 9, 2016
Real Madrid under Zidane is gonna be lethal just wait and see
— Shaheer (@wolverine_2243) January 9, 2016