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Gareth Bale returning to his best, says Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was full of praise for Gareth Bale after the Wales forward netted the third goal in the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

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The former Tottenham man was booed at times during Wednesday's home Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia after an indifferent spell, but Zidane had backed Bale to hit top form again following last year's injury.

The 28-year-old responded by using his blistering speed to collect a long Isco ball over the top and coolly chip in his second goal of the season, and Zidane is certain there is more to come.

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He's had a great game and not just because of the goal.

I'm happy he scored because he needed it.

It wasn't easy, after running 70 metres, he finished very well and I am happy for him.

He's not playing at his best but little by little we'll find the real Gareth.

I know he can do much better and we have to be patient.

He is happy with his goal, it's a weight off of his shoulders.

But he has also worked hard defensively.

– Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid manager