Diego Costa scored thrice earlier than the break as Atletico hit 5 within the opening 45 minutes. Costa added his fourth after the break earlier than receiving a crimson card for clashing with Actual’s Dani Carvajal, who was additionally dismissed in a fiery affair between the 2 golf equipment.
Trailing 7-1 with 20 minutes to go, Actual scored twice late within the recreation, easing among the ache on a chastening night for head coach Zinedine Zidane.
He went on, “We’ll need to see what occurs within the coming days. We’ll need to see if it goes by tomorrow. If it does, then all the higher. Let’s hope, for everybody’s sake, that it occurs quickly. The membership is coping with the membership that he’ll transfer to.”
Rumors a couple of potential commerce for Bale, who did function within the pleasant conflict in opposition to Arsenal final week and made a substitute look in opposition to Atletico, have lengthy been within the air.
A member of the Welsh nationwide crew, Bale, who joined Actual in 2013 with what was then a world document contract of £85 million ($105 million), struggled with accidents final season and was booed by the membership’s followers.
Bale, just like the crew, endured a tough time with Actual ending 19 factors behind archrival and champion Barcelona in third place. It was additionally knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax within the final 16.
The 30-year-old, who nonetheless has three years left on his present deal, has received 4 Champions Leagues, one Spanish title, one Spanish Cup, three Tremendous Cups and three Membership World Cups.
Whereas Bale could also be a part of Actual’s previous, the long run seems to be fraught with challenges for Zidane.
New signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic began in opposition to Atletico however had little reply to educate Diego Simeone’s facet.
“There was no response from us to alter one thing,” Zidane instructed reporters after the match, which was performed in New Jersey, a stone’s throw from New York Metropolis. “The primary half was tough. We by no means entered the sport. We now have lacked every part, particularly depth.
“You do not have to spin it over. It is a pre-season recreation. They have been higher at every part. There may be nothing extra to speak about. We’re making ready a season and being calm.”
Atletico coach Simeone stated he knew the place Actual could be weak and despatched his gamers out to take full benefit.
“Having seen Madrid, we appeared for the place we might hurt them,” Simeone instructed reporters. “We tried to seek out good locations on the exit of the ball and we had been very exact. That, in soccer, it is vital.”