MX23RW : Tuesday, March 31 09:25:23| >> :120:5288:5288:
May 24, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
Real Madrid
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Ramos (94'), Bale (110'), Marcelo (117'), Ronaldo (130' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Godin (36')

Gaizka Mendieta: 'Gareth Bale will only get better'

Gaizka Mendieta believes that Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will only improve in the coming years.

Real Madrid's record-signing and Champions League hero Gareth Bale is only going to improve over the coming seasons, according to Gaizka Mendieta.

The Welshman put Los Blancos ahead in extra time in the final against Atletico Madrid before his side ran out 4-1 winners.

However, despite scoring 22 goals in his first season in the Spanish capital and lifting two trophies, Mendieta insists that there is more to come from Bale.

He told talkSPORT: "He went to Madrid and it's a difficult club to get into because of the pressure from the fans. It's so demanding. You might not think he's performing at the level he was for Spurs but he needs time and I'm sure that he will be even better in terms of performance.

"This season will give him the confidence. Tonight maybe he was too anxious and you have to take on board Real Madrid didn't play very well. He was still in the game and he had three chances, and the third one he scored and that's what matters.

"They won the Champions League and that's everything, I think a lot of Real Madrid fans will be very happy about those millions Florentino Perez [Real Madrid president] spent on him."

Mendieta was a losing Champions League finalist with Valencia in 2000 and 2001.


Click here for more stories about Gareth Bale

Click here for more stories about Real Madrid

Share this article now:
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid CF holds the UEFA Champions League cup celebrating their victory on the UEFA Champions League Final match against Club Atletico de Madrid at Cibeles square on the early morning of May, 25, 2014
Read Next:
Ancelotti: 'Real kept believing'
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Live scores banner
2Real Madrid27168349193056
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
6Atletico MadridAtletico271112431211045
10Athletic Bilbao2791082923637
12Real Betis2789103843-533
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!