​Former ​Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov is of the opinion that while ​Gareth Bale has done quite a lot to silence his critics, there will always be someone or the other that will continue to criticise him at ​Real Madrid for no reason whatsoever.

As reported by ​Marca, while speaking to Betfair about the relationship between Bale and Madrid fans, Berbatov said, "I hope he plays as he obviously enjoys playing against ​Premier League clubs, having scored twice in the final against ​Liverpool a couple of years ago. But even if Bale scored a hat-trick every week he'd still be criticised by some Madrid fans."

Due to the injury suffered by Eden Hazard, Wednesday's ​UEFA Champions League clash ​between Real Madrid and ​Manchester City could be a perfect opportunity for Bale to showcase his quality.

​Revealing that he expects Bale to be given more chances by Zidane, Berbatov said, "I hope [Zinedine] Zidane gives the Welshman the opportunity to show that he's still one of the best forwards in the world, but his brilliance will never be enough to shut some people up."

Finally, Berbatov spoke about the match and on being asked how he thinks Madrid can prevent City's attack, the Bulgarian legend said, "The best way for Madrid to stop City is to cut off the supply line from Kevin De Bruyne to Sergio Aguero."

He concluded, "City's weakness is at the back and Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho need to keep close tabs on the in-form Karim Benzema. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will also be key for Madrid and, if City are any way short of their best in defence, they will struggle to contain them."