Gareth Bale has warned that there is more to come from his partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo after Real Madrid defeated Sevilla to lift the UEFA Super Cup.
The Wales international was back on home turf at the Cardiff City Stadium and laid on the first goal for Ronaldo with a precise cross in the 30th minute.
The Champions League holders cruised to victory over the Europa League winners with Ronaldo adding a second early in the second half with a powerful finish.
And Bale, who is now preparing for his second season in Spain following his big-money move from Tottenham, believes that he and the Portugal superstar can get even better.
Bale told Sky Sports: “We enjoy playing with each other. We showed last season that we both created goals for each other and scored a lot of goals.
“This season we hope to improve on last, we can still improve together, create a good partnership and hopefully we can do better this season.”
The only thing missing to complete an emotional homecoming for Bale was a goal, with Sevilla goalkeeper Beto denying him in the closing stages.
He added: “I was trying my hardest - I had the chance at the end, but it wasn’t meant to be. I created one which was good, and the most important thing was we won the trophy.
“It has been a bit strange being with Madrid in Wales, but it has been very enjoyable.
“We’ve had players coming back late from the World Cup, but pre-season is all about getting your fitness up, everyone seems to be up to the level.
“We’re looking sharp and looking forward to the season.”