Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale upbeat despite defeat

Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Juventus Champions League

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Gareth Bale says his Real Madrid side will “go again next year” following their Champions League exit to Juventus on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos were 2-1 down after the semi-final first-leg in Turin but were still expected to edge past the Serie A champions at the Santiago Bernabeu to book a final place alongside arch rivals Barcelona.

However a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo was cancelled out by a goal from former Real starlet Alvaro Morata, meaning the Old Lady went through 3-2 on aggregate and will face the Blaugrana in Berlin on June 6.

Wales international Bale had several opportunities to find the back of the net and also missed a great chance in the 78th minute, with Real desperate for a goal.

However the opportunities were squandered and the former Tottenham star came in for some criticism at the full-time whistle.

Bale is adamant he is playing well at the Bernabeu and is confident Real will be challenging for the European crown next season.

He told Sky Sports: “I’ve maybe not scored as many important chances as I’d like but my general play has been good. My finishing is not as good and that’s something to work on for next year.

“We wanted to be in the Champions League final, we gave ourselves a chance of winning but it’s not to be and we go again next year.”

Juventus will now face Barcelona in the final, with the Italian champions at 3.00 to lift the trophy, while the Catalan giants are 1.36 to claim the title.

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