The former Manchester United captain was less than impressed by the Welshman’s contribution in Turin, while fellow pundit Paul Scholes felt that Sergio Ramos also went missing
Roy Keane lashed out at Gareth Bale following his ineffective performance against Juventus, claiming Real Madrid were effectively playing with “10 men” in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
The winger was restored to the starting line-up after three weeks out with a calf injury, and just half an hour of game time in Saturday’s Liga win at Sevilla, but made little impact as Los Blancos suffered a 2-1 loss in Turin, with Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez netting either side of Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser.
Bale was eventually replaced by Jese Rodriguez with four minutes to go but former Manchester United captain Keane was surprised that the Wales international had lasted that long.
The Irishman told ITV: “It was difficult for Madrid to play with 10 men. Gareth Bale gave them nothing. There was a lack of confidence, he kept making the easy decision.
“His team-mates can’t be happy with him. He took the easy option every time.”
Keane’s fellow pundit, and another former United man, Paul Scholes, was equally unimpressed. He said: “He [Bale] wasn’t great. He needs to be better, as he wasn’t good enough.”
It wasn’t just Bale who earned the wrath of Keane, with Dani Carvajal also criticised for the needless challenge on Tevez which handed the Argentine the chance to grab the winner from the spot.
Keane added: “I’m angry with him and I’m not even involved. It was schoolboy stuff; they should lynch him.”
Madrid were sloppy all night with Scholes singling out Sergio Ramos, again playing in an unfamiliar midfield role, as another weak link.
The former England international said: “I’d probably say [Madrid had] nine men with Ramos as well. It was a real lack of quality in there from him.
“Every time he got the ball he gave it away. He was hitting the ball out of play. [Luka] Modric was a big miss for them.”