Gareth Bale, Real Madrid forward has revealed that the main thing for his team is not to concede first and that he is wary of Atletico Madrid’s defensive “park the bus” tactics in Saturday’s Champions League final in Milan.
Bale said in an interview with BT Sport that, “I think the main thing for us is that we don’t concede first, If we do concede then they really do park the bus and make it difficult for teams to score. Hopefully we can keep a clean sheet and I think that is going to be important for us because then they have to come at us and leave space open for us to exploit”.
Diego Simeone‘s side conceded just 18 goals in 38 La Liga games and have allowed just seven goals in 12 Champions League matches en route to the final. Atletico Madrid have proved adept at shutting out their Madrid rivals in recent meetings too, conceding just twice in their last five games against Real in all competitions and Bale is aware of the importance of the first goal in Saturday’s final.
He also added that, “Their defence is probably their strongest point but I think you have to look at [Antoine] Griezmann, he has done very well this season and I think Torres is now coming into a bit of form. They just have a solid team, they work hard together and make it very difficult for everybody.”
Bale scored the winning goal when Real beat Atletico in the 2014 Champions League final, after Sergio Ramos’ stoppage time equaliser had sent the game to extra time. And Bale has made a habit of scoring in finals, netting in three since his move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Bernabeu in 2013.