Gareth Bale has said he has no opinion on former manager Rafael Benitez's departure from Real Madrid but insisted he has faith in new coach Zinedine Zidane after the icon's installation at Los Blancos last Monday.
The Welsh wizard scored a hat-trick for the French legend on his managerial debut for the Galacticos as the hosts destroyed Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
I'm very happy that we got the three points and it was a very important victory. We had a good game. Now we must continue working hard and winning games.
Everyone knows Zidane was a great player and I'm sure he'll also be a great coach, but we're all professionals and we work hard to try to win every match and every trophy.
We must continue in this way, as we did before. Nothing has changed and [Saturday] was no different.
These things happen [regarding Rafa Benitez's dismissal]. We must move forward.
It wasn't my decision and I don't have an opinion.
However, Luka Modric was more open about his feelings regarding the old and new coaching administrations at the club, and he said the result against Depor proved it was time for a managerial change despite being "sorry" to see Benitez leave, per Reuters:
I am sorry for Rafa and I would like to thank him for his work, but being honest and seeing today's game I think that the change has been positive.
When you lose there is always someone who has to pay.
You just have to compare this match with the previous ones. The team's attitude was different and hopefully we can continue in the same way.
Bale was in spectacular form in Zidane's first match, giving one of the best performances of his career since Real broke the world record to sign him in 2013.
The Wales international mimicked the long-term brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo in attack, scoring his hat-trick in the style of a classic No. 9, displaying how he has developed during his time in the Spanish capital.
Bale completed his treble with a towering header from a corner, as he rose above the Depor defence to execute his clinical effort in the second half.
Bleacher Report UK highlighted the attacker's brilliant record since switching to La Liga:
Gareth Bale at Real Madrid: 108 Games 51 Goals 36 Assists pic.twitter.com/maOrCEFQrH— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 10, 2016
Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph shared the AS cover with Bale and Zidane embracing in mutual respect:
A scrapbook front for Gareth Bale, the star of Zidane's first game as Real Madrid coach pic.twitter.com/z6F9w79sT2— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 10, 2016
The succession of Ronaldo could be in the pipework for Madrid and Bale now that Zidane has taken the reins at the Bernabeu.
Can Bale replicate Ronaldo's achievements at Madrid?
Ronaldo watched on as the Welshman took centre stage with his hat-trick effort, while the Portuguese captain struggled to hit the target on the night.
Benitez failed to solidify the Real defence during his short tenure in charge, only facilitating a hostile response from watching Madridistas with his turgid tactics, which suffocated the team's flair contingent.
Bale will continue to grow under Zidane's guidance, and he now looks ready to assume his role as the chief of the Galacticos' superstar pack in Spain.