MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is looking to build on by far his best week since arriving in the Spanish capital when Carlo Ancelotti's side host Real Sociedad this weekend.
The Welshman opened his Champions League account for the club he joined in September with a wonderful strike in Madrid's 2-2 draw with Juventus on Wednesday that all but secured the Spanish side's place in the last 16.
Bale also scored twice and provided four assists in Real's previous two games against Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano as he, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema begin to forge a deadly combination up-front.
Ronaldo was also on target in Turin to take his tally for Madrid to an incredible 222 goals in just 215 games and he believes Bale is beginning to find his feet.
"He is very important for us and I think he is going to help us a lot," Ronaldo said.
The Portuguese star has already found the net 21 times in 16 games this season but insists his personal statistics will mean nothing if Madrid end up empty-handed again at the end of the campaign.
And with Los Blancos already trailing Barcelona by six points at the top of La Liga, he knows there is little room for error against their Basque visitors tomorrow.
"Personally, I am very happy, I am in a very good moment in my career. All my teammates and the fans are supporting me. I try to do my best every year and I need to demonstrate that I am a great player and give my best.
"Records don't excite me. What excites me is that I want to win things, I want a future that is better than the present."