Gareth Bale: I should not have rushed Real Madrid return last season

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

This kid isn't easily daunted, so what's the betting he'll go into United's Champions League clash against Basel full of beans and willing to complete his brilliant record of scoring in competition debuts? Romelu Lukaku offers the pace up front United lacked last season, while Nemanja Matic adds balance to midfield, giving Paul Pogba the freedom to be the dominant player he can be.

That being said it is often the lesser known teams, with no threat of damaging their reputation, that come out with all guns blazing looking to scalp a Big European club.

Mauricio Pochettino's men kick off their European campaign on Wednesday as they play host to Peter Bosz's Borussia Dortmund.

"You need to be ideal to score against Juve, which is what Real succeeded in doing in the final". However, the Welsh winger has now explained why he chose to stay at Real Madrid instead of moving to Old Trafford saying that winning trophies was more important to him than being the main man.

Kylian Mbappe beat Gianluigi Buffon in last season's semifinals but Juventus beat Monaco 4-1.

"Buffon is outstanding", he said.

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Don't for a second believe that I've deluded myself into thinking we are a better side than we are.

"I had to take a lot of painkillers to be able to play". And yes, now I think I should have taken more time to recuperate so I could have played much better and been able to do all those things that, with the ankle pain, I wasn't able to do. Is it even possible for one or two players to enjoy the same status as Ronaldo and Messi over the next decade?

"When you are ambitious, the aim is always to do better than the a year ago", Mbappe added.

"I know it goes against us but I have to admit I love the Christmas period of football". The players have got to excite the fans with a tackle or a shot or somebody taking the opposition on.

"It's hard to predict in September what will happen in spring, but we're working hard on trying to win this title, which we are all aiming for".

Before the 2011-12 season, the Citizens had never qualified for the Champions League, but have qualified every season ever since, with their best performance coming in the 2015-16 season when they made the semi-finals but were knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid.

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