When Gareth Bale is happy about Eden Hazard’s absence

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The image made the rounds of the Spanish press this Friday morning. We were playing the 75th minute of the Copa del Rey match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid when cameras from the famous Spanish talk show El Chiringueto captured Gareth Bale laughing on the bench. The Welsh striker’s reaction was sparked by Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to recall Eden Hazard to the bench as he warmed to a possible move.

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Knowing that the Red Devil could have made all the difference in this meeting that eventually ended in elimination (1–0), Gareth Bale could not help but pick up on his coach. Especially since the latter is not even invited to warm up.

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