Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale reacts to Manchester City’s poor performance in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid.
Ronaldo returned from a hamstring injury and helped Madrid reach a 14th European Cup final. A Gareth Bale shot deflected off Fernando in the 20th minute was all Real Madrid needed to dump Man City out of this season’s Champions League.
Real Madrid will come up against Atletico Madrid in a repeat of the 2014 final, where a 4-1 extra-time win saw Blancos secure a record 10th European crown.
Bale thinks that while the EPL side struggled to cope with the occasion, Madrid also deserve some of the credit:
“It’s a new occasion for them, they have not been in this position before and it is never easy in these games. I think experience probably told a lot over the two legs.
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We have a lot of experience of being in the semi-finals and before I was here they have been in them before.
We did a very professional job, we limited them and the reason they didn’t have chances is because we did such a good job on them.”
The 26-year-old continued: “Maybe they lacked a bit of ambition going forward, but that is down to us. We kept it tight and limited their chances and ultimately got the goal.
At 1-0, City always had a chance. If they had thrown everything at us and we had gone down the other end and then nicked another goal, then it’s game set and match.
I guess you could say they could have thrown a little bit more at us, but they didn’t. I felt like we controlled both games and I don’t think they had a shot on target.”
The player is also sure that believes City’s appointment of Pep Guardiola, who will join Manchester from the start of next season, will improve their performances: “I am sure he will [improve them].
He is a world class coach and he has done well wherever he has gone.”