While there's hope the Welshman's individual effort will lift his confidence, Real coaching staff concede his overall performance wouldn't be enough for him to keep his place in Zinedine Zidane's XI.
Indeed, the Frenchman hinted as much at the final whistle, stating: "I'm happy for the goal because he needed it, but for me it's not his best version. I know that we are going to find Bale little by little, he can do much better."
In contrast, youngsters Borja Mayoral and Theo Hernandez both won praise from their coach, with the latter's performance against La Real fullback Álvaro Odriozola impressing Zidane.
The feeling is, with Cristiano Ronaldo about to return from suspension, Bale faces being dumped to the bench - even ahead of Theo.