Israel coach Eli Guttman says he tried to ask Cristiano Ronaldo for advice about how to stop Gareth Bale ahead of his side's European Championships qualifier against Wales
Ronaldo and Bale haven't always looked like a relationship made in heaven since the Welshman joined Real Mardid in the summer. Some high profile on field drama and remarks in the press have suggested that perhaps there isn't enough room for two stars in the Mardid dressing room.
Adding fuel to the fire it has emerged recently that Israel coach Guttman has contacted Ronaldo seeking advice on how to stop his teammate.
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"We contacted Cristiano (Ronaldo) exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale," Guttman said.
"But he didn't answer the call and it is not about one man.
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"This is a team game and we do not have enough strong players to kick Bale out.
"We're going to play the game as one unit not to give him space. This is our plan."
Criticism of Bale
Guttman has been accused of playing mind games in the European media when a couple of weeks ago he questioned Bale's form at the Bernabeu and suggested the Wales forward was "saving himself" for the European qualifier.
Bale responded to Guttman's criticism with two goals in Madrid's next game, a 2-0 league victory over Levante. Guttman spoke to the media on Friday and when asked about Bale's performance in Madrid's Clasico defeat by Barcelona last weekend.
"I have to tell you that I must improve my humour," Guttman said.
"After my sentence he scored two goals for Real Madrid and he held his hands to his ears.
"But he did not do it for me, he did it for the fans of Real Madrid.
"How much did they pay for him? 100 million euros? He deserves it."
Bale inspires Welsh victory
Bale was in inspired form this weekend as his Wales' side took on Israel in Haifa on Saturday. Wales ran out a comfortable win as Gareth Bale scored twice to help his national side defeat Israel 3-0.
A 77th minute goal and a pin point free kick from Bale helped Wales go top of group B above Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Wales took the lead just moments before half time when Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey sent a looping header over the Israel goalkeeper. Soon after both teams emerged from the break Israel's Eitan Tibi received a second yellow card for a foul on Bale leaving his side fighting to restore a two goal deficit with only 10 men.
Bale soon after got his second and Wales' third to put the three points beyond doubt. The Real Madrid star won man of the match and used his post match interview to express his delight with the result.
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