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Gareth Bale backs Real Madrid for the UCL – ‘They have a special aura’

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Former Real Madrid icon Gareth Bale knows a thing or two about lifting Champions League trophies.

After all, the Welshman has made significant contributions in his five Champions League victories at the club, scoring a total of three goals in finals.

His memorable performance in the 2017/18 final against Liverpool with a spectacular bicycle kick and a long-range strike especially took the cake.

Now, with the Merengues gearing up to face Borussia Dortmund in the final tomorrow, Bale has come out to express his thoughts ahead of the highly anticipated game via AS.

Bale looking forward to the game

The 34-year-old acknowledged that he will enjoy watching the game from afar, free from the pressure of being in the spotlight.

It will be nice to see a Real Madrid Champions League final without all that pressure and expectations. It’s something I’m not really used to.

“I will enjoy the occasion without being in that pressure cooker. Even having been to Madrid, it is difficult to explain what the Champions League means.”

“Obviously, it means a lot to the club and the fans. It is the most valued competition and the main focus each year. But the fact that they keep winning, even when they seem down… we always seem to find a way to come back and win,” he said.

Real Madrid have a special aura

Furthermore, Bale stated that Real Madrid’s history of success in Europe and ability to constantly complete comebacks from losing positions is likely to intimidate opponents.

“You could say that now, the other teams are playing against the Madrid shield, they have a special aura. They have momentum behind them, Real Madrid and the European Cup.

“Teams are afraid to play against Real Madrid and that is something very important when facing a final. I hope they can get another win and continue to consolidate their title as kings of Europe,” he exclaimed.

Bale is still a Madridista at heart

A Madridista at heart. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

While the Welshman’s final years at the club were marred with controversy, Bale’s contributions to the club cannot be denied.

He admitted that he still loves the club and supports them, just as he did when he was young.

I was there for a long time. I still watch their games and look for their results, I still love the team, and I still support them, just as I did when I was young.

“I fully expect Madrid to lift the trophy. They understand the pressures and know what to expect, which is a big advantage,” he commented.

Giving Jude Bellingham his roses

Bale confessed that if Real Madrid wins the Champions League and Jude Bellingham goes on to have a solid tournament in the Euros, his chances of lifting the Ballon d’Or certainly rise.

“Obviously there is a lot to prove, but Bellingham has already done a lot of hard work to win the Ballon d’Or. He has adapted very well and had a fantastic first season.

“They’ve won the league and to be able to win a Champions League in your first season, obviously from personal experience, it’s a great thing to have, it gives you that energy to keep going,” Bale concluded.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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