Doubts about Bale's fitness ahead of Champions League final

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague gives us his take on the Champions League final as Juventus meet Real Madrid.

It would be an unbelievable feat for the former France great, who also helped Madrid win its first Spanish league title in five years, as well as the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup. Everyone thinks something but the debate will not condition me. Mijatovic scored "the most handsome and important" goal of his career and one of the most vital in Madrid's history as Real shrugged off the unusual tag of underdogs to beat a fearsome Juventus side 1-0 in Amsterdam in the 1998 final.

How Isco compares to Gareth Bale in La Liga this season (per 90 minutes).

Look for them to continue with a back three of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, and Andrea Barzagli, one of the most organized group of defenders professional sports has ever seen.

They played Bayer Leverkusen and came into the game having finished third in the league and suffered the ignominy of losing the Copa del Rey final 2-1 to Deportivo de la Coruna on the day of their centenary in their own stadium. "Now, though, I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life and it will be a great final". The 23-year-old Dybala signed a new contract in April, tying him to the Bianconeri until 2022, a deal that came days after he netted two goals in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal against Barcelona.

Bale did not clarify what he meant by "other things", whether that suggested more radical treatment, or perhaps even more hard decisions, but he did say: "It has just been hard to come back from the ankle operation".

However, Bale's fortunes have dipped since, despite playing in a second win over local rivals Atleti in last season's Champions League, this one on penalties. As for Juventus, the Italian giants are also quite a bit familiar with the late May spectacle. Nothing is going to change. "I am lucky that I am a player and I don't have to choose", he said.

Doubts about Bale's fitness ahead of Champions League final

Isco: "He's a fantastic player and he's been playing really well over the past few weeks".

"I am not 100 per cent, I haven't played for six or seven weeks".

Sticking with the theme, the questions for Bale continued and Zidane insisted that the Welsh man did not need to let him know how badly he wants to play, "Gareth doesn't have to say anything".

"I always say that this squad deserves it because we are like a family, we are very united and involved". I'm glad to see he's recovered. I want to be at this cub, but it depends on what happens on the field.

Bale has always been regarded as one of the finest footballers of his generation, having taken his level up a notch since joining Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.

The Madrid post remains the most demanding job in football - President Florentino Perez has gone through 11 coaches in his 13 years in charge across two spells - but Zidane is now looking like one of his greatest appointments.

  • Joanne Flowers