Friday 19 January 2018

Gareth Bale is all clear for Atletico face-off

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale (right) is fit for tonight's Champions League quarter-final showdown at Atletico Madrid (Live TV3/UTV 7.45) after sitting out Saturday's La Liga win at home to Eibar, coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

There was a question mark over Bale's availability for the first-leg clash at the Calderon but Real's world record signing is "100 percent" fit and has been called up along with every other member of the squad, Ancelotti told a news conference.

The Welshman has been on patchy form this term after an impressive debut season in Spain, when he scored in Real's Champions League final win over Atletico and netted a memorable winner to beat Barcelona in the King's Cup final.

Ancelotti said he was sure Bale, who has been whistled by some fans at the Bernabeu stadium, would perform in the final weeks of the campaign, with Real seeking a record-extending 11th European crown and closing in on leaders Barca in La Liga.

"I have the good fortune to be able to count on everyone for such an important game," Ancelotti said.

"Bale had a fantastic season last term and scored in both finals," the Italian added.

"We hope to play more finals over the coming months and he will be important, like last year.

"We have to use our individual quality and all our weapons to play a game with speed and pace."

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