June 1, 2017

Gareth Bale Ruled Out of Champions League Final 2017?

One of the most anticipated annual football events is to take place on Saturday 3rd June in Cardiff and now, it looks like the Welsh-star is to be left on the bench. Juventus take on Real Madrid in Cardiff on Saturday and whilst a bust of Gareth Bale was unveiled outside the stadium yesterday, Isco was gearing up to get off to a flying start on the pitch. Whether Gareth Bale will be made to sit on the bench or not, has been a hot topic for numerous weeks now, but the 27-year old today has taken matters into his own hands and decided that he isn’t fit enough, by releasing the following statement;

“I am not 100%. I haven’t played for six or seven weeks. I obviously had my operation which still hasn’t recovered. If I’m called upon to start, I will obviously, but to last 90minutes – I haven’t played a lot of football this year since my operation, so it would be difficult. Isco has been playing fantastically well for us, at the end of the season, so whatever the manager decides, I will accept it”

 So, was this an obvious statement that he will be starting on the bench? It seems so, but either way, Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus manager says his team have nothing to fear against Real Madrid, by claiming there is a lot more positivity around the club than 2014 – when he arrived as manager. Juventus have fallen at the last hurdle more than any other European team, but could 2017 be their year to shine?

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