Andy West for the BBC:
The direct cause for Marca’s brutal assassination of Bale was a hastily scheduled press conference held by Real president Perez on Thursday, during which he attacked that morning’s Marca front page story claiming that Ancelotti would be sacked if the team lost badly against Barcelona next weekend.
Directly singling out Marca for criticism, Perez suggested that his team’s recent troubles have largely been the media’s fault and slamming their supposed “lies”.
And now Perez is learning the dangers of taking on the media, who can always have the final word in any argument, because Marca have responded by aiming their ire squarely at the man who is widely perceived as Perez’s personal favourite: Bale.
Fascinating insight into the world of petty Spanish football politics.