Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has delivered a public dressing down to Gareth Bale's agent over recent comments.
With Bale enduring a difficult second season at the Bernabeu, Jonathan Barnett has leapt to the defence of his client which in a recent interview included suggesting the Welshman's team-mates were not passing to him enough.
Ahead of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second-leg with Juventus, Ancelotti addressed Barnett's comments and suggested he keep them to himself in future.
"I don't understand what his agent said. It could be better to not speak. But we are used to it, in this world (where) a lot of people speak and sometimes, speak too much.
"Bale has no problem with his colleagues. His colleagues have no problem with him. They like Gareth Bale and he likes his colleagues. There is one word too many perhaps from outside."
As if to prove Ancelotti's point, Bale's team-mate James Rodriguez added at the same press conference: "I didn't see what was said, it's the first time I've heard it.
"We all want to play with him. Cristiano, Chicarito...we're all a team and we have to be united. You can't speculate on what is said outside. We all have to be focused."
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1 player ratings
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1 player ratings
1/22 Gianluigi Buffon
Reliable and imposing as ever, Buffon was an assured presence between the sticks. Couldn’t do anything about Ronaldo’s opener. 7
2/22 Patrice Evra
The ex-Manchester United left back was solid at the back apart from a lapse in concentration for the first goal. Found it hard to get forward with Rodriguez pinning him back. 7
3/22 Giorgio Chellieni
The big centre half gave a performance which epitomised what he is all about; Strength, organisation and aggression. Didn’t give Bale or Ronaldo much to work off. 8
4/22 Seb Lichtsteiner
The Swiss international was composed as always and looked to get forward at every opportunity. Kept Isco quiet going forward as well. 8
5/22 Christian Bonucci
Another solid display from Bonucci. His positioning and aerial ability made him too much of a presence for the Madrid forwards to deal with. 8
6/22 Andrea Pirlo
Another typically tidy display from Juve’s mercurial maestro. Didn’t have the affect he usually brings but still controlled the tempo of the game. 7
Chased the Madrid midfield tirelessly and attacked with pace when Juve broke away. He could be a key player in the second leg. 7
8/22 Claudio Marchisio
Used his experience and stamina to aid his team’s defensive efforts and released Tevez impressively in the lead up to the first goal. 7
9/22 Arturo Vidal
The Chilean was classy on the ball and industrious off it. Never stopped for a minute and looked to probe Madrid at every opportunity. 7
10/22 Alvaro Morata
The ex-Madrid striker was excellent against his old club. His work ethic and tricky footwork tormented the away side. Couldn’t miss his goal. 8
11/22 Carlos Tevez
Set up the first goal, earned the penalty and scored it. Tevez was a man possessed, taking Madrid apart at every opportunity. 9
12/22 Iker Casillas
The Madrid keeper was sloppy in patches and will be disappointed not to have parried Tevez’s first half attempt away from Morata to avoid the first goal. 6
13/22 Dani Carvajal
Could’ve cost his team a place in the final after hauling down Tevez for the penalty and will be counting himself lucky not be have been sent off. 5
Struggled to cope with the exploits of Morata and Tevez but seemed to be the only assured figure holding it together at the back for Madrid. 6
15/22 Raphael Varane
The highly rated defender looked well out of his depth tonight. Varane will be having nightmares about tonight for a while. Will need to improve hugely for the second leg. 5
The Brazilian full back had a game to forget. Failed to find a Madrid shirt for the majority of the first half and his defending wasn’t much better. 5
17/22 Sergio Ramos
Playing out of position, Ramos looked out of sorts for large periods of the game. Was overrun in midfield and failed to link play effectively up to the forwards. 5
18/22 Toni Kroos
The German maestro looked comfortable on the ball but failed to create many big chances. Resorted to shooting from distance most of the time. 6
Looked the most likely to create something out of the Madrid midfield but couldn’t find a breakthrough in the second half. Cut a frustrated figure. 7
20/22 James Rodriguez
Created the first goal but other than that flattered to deceive. Showed clever movement and passing at times but didn’t make a huge impact after the first goal. 6
21/22 Gareth Bale
The Welsh wizard will come under more scrutiny after this performance. Bale didn’t threaten the Juve goal anywhere near enough. 5
22/22 Cristiano Ronaldo
Went in front of Lionel Messi in the Champions League scoring charts but will take no other positives from tonight. Looked very isolated alone up front. 6
Bale has been a regular in the Real side this season, although he last scored for them back in early April in the 9-1 win over Granada, where Cristiano Ronaldo got four goals.
Ancelotti, who will hope Madrid can overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first-leg against Juventus, said of the £85m man: "I think Bale's played a very good season.
"Last year he scored in important games and scored in all the finals. With any luck he could do same this year.
"But outside of this world where people speak, sometimes they speak too much. These people have never seen a training session. They don't know what it's like in a dressing room. They speak from outside."
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