Bale excited by Copa final

Gareth Bale is excited to have reached the Copa del Rey final and hopes it will only be the first of his time at Real Madrid.

Bale started on Wednesday evening as Los Blancos beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Vicente Calderon to wrap up a 5-0 aggregate win and confirm their place in the final, where they will play either Barcelona or Real Sociedad.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals on the night, each coming from the penalty spot. The Portuguese was himself fouled for the opener while Bale won the second.

The Wales international first took to Twitter to reveal his pleasure at the outcome.

“It’s great to reach my first final with Real Madrid, the first of many I hope,” he wrote.

He also told reporters that despite the five goals, the win came on the back of a sturdy defence.

“Overall the tie has been very good and we deserve to be in the Cup final,” Bale said.

“In attack we are fine but in defence we have improved a lot. We’re playing very well.

“It’s good to see what works in training, we practice and it gives us results in matches.”

The game saw Raphael Varane make his first start in months after recovering from a knee injury and Bale was impressed by his French colleague.

“He’s an incredible player and played very well,” the winger said.

“It’s great to have him back. We’re stronger in defence for the rest of the season.”

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