Bale: 'Build on second half'

Gareth Bale said Real Madrid “have to pick up from where we left off in the second half” of the 2-0 victory against Roma.

The reigning champions of Europe were very fortunate not to go into the break behind, as there were some remarkable misses, above all from Cengiz Under.

However, Bale gladly accepted a Federico Fazio gift and then set up Lucas Vazquez for the header.

“We earned the win. Now we have to improve and keep winning games,” he told Real Madrid TV.

Julen Lopetegui was on the bench when they beat Roma 3-0 back in September, but Santiago Solari has taken over.

“We have a new Coach and we have to give ourselves time. Now we must keep fighting.

“The Champions League is a different competition to La Liga. It’s played differently, against teams who want to play football. It comes natural to us, it’s hard to explain.

“Matches don’t last for 435 minutes, they last 90. The first half wasn’t so good. We knew that by fighting and playing well, we’d have chances. We’re improving step by step.

“We found the start of the season a bit tough, but we have to keep growing. We have pick up from where we left off in the second half.”

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