Bale gives Real Madrid selection headache


In the Round of 16, Real Madrid has eliminated another heavyweight Paris SG 5-2 on aggregate after a couple of wins in both legs.

CRISTIANO RONALDO is convinced he knows how Real Madrid will line up against Liverpool in Kiev.

The Welsh star helped himself to two goals in Madrid's 6-0 victory over Celta Vigo yesterday, but the jury's still out on whether he'll start in the final or if he'll still be at the club next season.

Gareth Bale fired Los Blancos ahead in the 13th minute after converting a pass from Croatia midfielder, Luka Modric. Isco made it three two minutes later.

"It's better for everyone to be over-motivated and ready", admitted Zidane.

"Then of course it will be a headache to select the team for the final". - Isco has been directly involved in six goals in his last four meetings against Celta in La Liga (one scored, five assisted) - Toni Kroos has scored four goals against Celta in La Liga, more than he has against any other side in the competition. A great goal making the score 2-0. His first was a low shot that went in off the post.

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Simeone admitted the challenge posed by Marseille would be different to that encountered at Getafe.

Zinedine Zidane insists "every important player wants to play for Real Madrid", but refused to entertain the idea of launching an audacious bid for Neymar.

With the UCL final on the horizon, the FC panel assess Gareth Bale's recent form and debate whether it merits a place in Zinedine Zidane's XI. "They are a team that work well at the tactical level", said the Argentine.

Elsewhere, Samu Castillejo scored twice as Villarreal beat relegated Deportivo La Coruna 4-2 to leapfrog Betis into fifth, with Denis Cheryshev also netting a day after being recalled to the preliminary Russian World Cup squad.