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Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal

Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal

"You see the quality of Gareth Bale in the game yesterday and you wonder how he could not start a game and how he could not start a Champions League final".

Leaving behind contemporaries Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Zidane has equalled former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, the man he used to serve as an assistant.

He told BT Sport: 'I need to be playing week in, week out, and that's not happened this season. "They have no limit to what they can do".

"[Bale's] situation is a bit more complicated", Zidane said in reference to Cristiano Ronaldo's remarks that he also may leave the club next season. There is Zinedine Zidane's strike against Bayer Leverkusen in the final nearly 20 years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo's bicycle kick against Juventus this season, and then there is what Gareth Bale did on Saturday against Liverpool in the final. If this initial assessment is correct then there is a high chance he will miss the World Cup which is a blow to football fans in Egypt and around the world.

Liverpool struck back through Sadio Mane but the five-time European champions were only fleetingly back in the game.

Yet as a coach, he has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.

Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal
Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal

"There is no secret".

Zidane, however, said: "We suffered and worked a lot to make it to the final".

Having such a talented squad certainly helps. But no one has achieved the feat faster - with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game's biggest club prize.

The question is, where does he go from here?

"It's always great to win the Champions League because I know how important that competition is, I have had a great Champions League from start to finish so I'm very happy".





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