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Real Can Terrorise Turin With Bale On Fire

Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid could inch Antonio Conte and Juventus towards a shock early Champions League exit if the Spanish team win in Turin on Tuesday.

Conte was skipper when Ancelotti was manager of Juve more than a decade ago, and they have renewed acquaintances this season in Europe’s top club competition.

Whereas Ancelotti was sacked by The Old Lady after two second place Serie A finishes, Conte has guided the club to successive scudettos.

However, Ancelotti could get the last laugh over his former club with a win in his homeland this week.

Three points would send Real into the last-16 of the Champions League, and leave Juve mired in third place in their group, to scrap it out for second with FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

Meanwhile, the player the Spanish media expects to help Real put Juve to the sword is none other than Gareth Bale.

It has been a stunning turnaround in the past weeks for the Welshman, who had already been unfairly dismissed as en expensive flop after a stuttering start to his Bernabeu career.

But Bale was once again to the fore at the weekend, registering two assists in Real’s hard fought derby win over Rayo Vallecano.

And he is suddenly the toast of the town, and will be expected to continue his sudden good form against Juventus.

“Gareth Bale has silenced all of his doubters over the past three days. The Welshman was one of Real Madrid's best players once again in the clash with Rayo Vallecano,” Marca purred on Sunday.

 “The Ronaldo-Benzema-Bale trident worked a treat again in Vallecas. Bale proved once again that he is a great partner for the Frenchman and the Portuguese.”

ASwere also happy to sing Bale’s praises, admitting they are confused as to which is his stronger foot, so complete has his all-round play been for Real Madrid of late!

“If Bale really is right-footed, which we can’t rule out, then his signing has been a bargain,” AS wrote.

“Three of the four assists he has made in Madrid’s last two outings have come from his right foot.”

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