That surprise loss saw Madrid slip to third in La Liga, as Barcelona moved into contention behind pace-setters Atletico Madrid.
But Bale - who has been a touch inconsistent in his first season at Madrid - bounced back in style, with two goals and an assist in a rampaging performance against Rayo Vallecano. Such was Real's dominance in the 5-0 win on Saturday that right-back Daniel Carvajal also makes our XI.
Special mention must also go to Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, who did his chances of a big-money transfer no harm with a hat-trick against Stuttgart, and the elder statesmen that are Kaka, Luca Toni and Claudio Pizarro, bringing the mid-00s back to your screens.
For the full breakdown behind each player's inclusion, see Opta's table below the team graphic...
- Sports & Recreation
- Gareth Bale
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
- Borussia Dortmund