Monday September 17 2018
Gareth Bale: Champions League final Real Madrid goals out of anger

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale admits his Champions League final goals were fuelled by ‘anger’ following his exclusion from the starting line-up.

The Welshman scored twice against Liverpool in last season’s final and also believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit will ‘help Madrid play more like a team’ and Julen Lopetegui’s level of English will help him.

“I was angry, very angry, to be honest,” Bale is cited as saying by Marca when asked about the goals.

“I felt that I deserved to start the game, I had been scoring goals, so it was hard to let go of the anger, and my anger prepared me for that goal.

“Ronaldo gone? Obviously, it's going to be a little different than having such a big player. Maybe it's going to be a little more relaxed.

“I guess there will be more emphasis of a team and towards working more as a unit rather than as a single player.

“Is Loptegui a better Coach than Zidane? I don’t think I should answer that but obviously his speaking English helps. I can speak in Spanish, but I cannot go into the detail that I always need.”

Football Italia website