Zinedine Zidane didn’t single out any player, but insists it is an important year for Bale, who scored a brace.
The Wales international struck twice as Real Madrid emerged 3-0 winners in the first match of the new campaign.
“I am happy for him. He still has some catching up to do physically but that didn’t show today,” Zidane told reporters.
“We started in the best way possible, scoring a goal quickly, which made things easy for us.
“It is a tough ground to come to and if you don’t take your chances things can get complicated. We scored three without conceding.
“I don’t like to speak specifically about one player but when Gareth scores twice… It is an important year for him and he has shown that.”