Majestic Luka Modric the key to Real Madrid's Champions League final turnaround


"This is one of the most important years for me, I hope there will be more like this in the future".

"I think we just had to go for it", Bale said of their performance after the break. With Juventus he has won the Italian league title eight times.

The Portuguese master had a quiet start to the clash with Juventus in Cardiff but he eventually lit up the match with two goals in the 4-1 win.

"I played here for a long time and I feel part of the furniture".

The 4-1 win over Juventus allowed Madrid to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Saturday's Champions League final is the first being played under a closed roof due to security fears that intensified in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack last month that killed 22 people.

"But I've worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit and get this chance".

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Having lost yet another Champions League final in the colours of Juventus, goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon says he will try again next season to lift the one club trophy that has so far eluded him.

For Ronaldo and Zidane, it will be just another opportunity to show which team is really in charge.

"(Zidane) said that we need to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in the first half after our goal", Modric told reporters.

Local boy Bale made a late cameo appearance, coming on for Karim Benzema in the 77th minute with the job done. "We have to give credit to Zidane, he helped us in 2001 by bringing in his talent and changing the course of history, and now as a coach he is doing a tremendous job and we have to thank him".

"What an incredible scene, the stadium is incredible and the city did an immaculate job in hosting such a great event", the Welshman, who picked up his third Champions League winners' medal, said as the celebrations began.