Bale prefers watching golf to studying PSG

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Bale continued his encouraging return to fitness with two goals and a man-of-the-match showing in Monday's (AEDT) 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna.

Fourth-placed Madrid is 19 points behind leader Barcelona, meaning a third European title in succession represents a far more realistic prospect of silverware.

Nevertheless, Wales star Bale claims he is more interested in the form of Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth than Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

"I don't really watch much football, I'd rather watch the golf to be honest," he said. "We've not really thought about the Champions League yet, it's still a bit of time away.

"We have to focus on each and every game at the moment, build confidence and get back to winning ways."

Monday's big win represented a step in the right direction after Adrian Lopez's opener for Depor threatened to turn the Santiago Bernabeu's atmosphere in a mutinous direction.

But Bale inspired the turnaround, with Nacho and Cristiano Ronaldo also hitting braces, and he received a standing ovation when he was replaced by Lucas Vazquez.

"Yeah, instead of whistles, which is always good," Bale said, having previously been on the receiving end of Bernabeu abuse.

"It would have been nice to have stayed on to get the hat-trick, but the most important thing is always to get the victory and to try and get some confidence back in the team."