Munich, Germany (4E Sports) – Gareth Bale said Real Madrid’s success and winning tradition were the reasons behind his decision to join the squad.
Bale made the declaration after playing a key role in the team’s 4-0 win over Bayern Munich that vaulted them to the final of the Champions League.
“Definitely, this is why I wanted to come to the biggest club in the world, to win trophies, to play in massive games,” Bale said. “We know we still haven’t won it yet. We will still have a difficult game in the final, whoever it may be, and we are looking forward to it.
The Welshman was signed for a world record 86 million pounds from Tottenham last August.
The 5-0 aggregate success for Carlo Ancelotti’s side was a stunning statement of intent from the Spanish giants, who are closing in on the mystical tenth European title that has eluded the club since their last Champions League triumph in 2002.
Bale set-up the third goal for Cristiano Ronaldo and worked tirelessly for a Real Madrid team that refused to allow Bayern a route back into the tie.
“It’s a fantastic result for us. We have been working very hard, we got our tactics right and we deserved the win,” he said.
Bale suggested his side always fancied their chances of exposing Pep Guardiola’s Bayern with speedy counterattacks, and once defender Sergio Ramos scored two early goals from set-pieces, the destiny for this semifinal had been decided.
“They always leave space on the counter attack, which we like,” added Bale. “We have got good players and we are able to exploit that. It was a great performance and we are just happy to be in the final now. Just one step to go.”