Real better without Ronaldo -Bale

Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Real Madrid for Juventus has seen a wave of support for the Italian side winning the Champions League this season.

Madrid won the Europe topflight football competition for the past three consecutive years with Ronaldo before the 33-year-old left the Santiago Bernabeu to join Juve in a 100-million-euro deal earlier in the summer.

He told the Daily Mail: "I just said, "Keep your head up"".

"Now it's a bit more hard than it was before - before it was complicated but focused a lot on Cristiano, and now it's a bit more unsafe, at least [in terms of] how I see football and my concept of this game".

"We can be even better again", he added.

Gareth Bale expressed his surprise after UEFA's Goal of the Season panel overlooked his overhead kick in the Champions League final, joking that the governing body's decision makers "want to be sacked".

Much to his frustration, Bale started on the bench in Kiev but came into the match with the scores locked at 1-1.

Asked about his feelings in the moments before the goal, he said: "Angry - quite angry, to be honest".

"This year I have a good feeling, things are improving here and they are doing well, there are things that are changing and people are understanding a bit of what this game is about".

While City romped to the Premier League title last season, breaking many records and taking an unprecedented number of points along the way, their campaign in the Champions League ended emphatically and unceremoniously at the hands of Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

Since Ronaldo's departure, Bale helped the Los Blancos side to an unbeaten start in the La Liga, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the club's first four league appearances.



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