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Default Gareth Bale 'prepared' to hurt Liverpool in Champions League final - but he still isn

Gareth Bale 'prepared' to hurt Liverpool in Champions League final - but he still isn't guaranteed to start for Real Madrid

sbobet asian Gareth Bale is prepared to make a big impact in the Champions League final - but it still isn't enough to make Real Madrid favourites. That's the opinion of the Welshman's team-mate, Raphael Varane, as he gets set for Saturday's clash with Liverpool. Bale is a familiar foe for the Reds, having faced off with them 10 times, nine of those during his Tottenham career.

The 28-year-old has only scored once past Liverpool - in November 2012 - and has suffered a difficult campaign, starting just 20 league games. But Bale has enjoyed an upturn in form ahead of the final and is being tipped to start against the Reds. Centre back Varane would not be moved on whether Bale would be handed a place in the line-up, but admitted he was looking sharp as the game edges closer.

"In training I've seen him being prepared incredibly well physically, he's focused on the final but it's the coach who'll decide who plays," he said. "We all want to play and we're all working hard to prepare properly, there can be a choice of numerous systems but I don't know who will be selected. "I've seen Gareth playing very well recently, he's in good form but we'll see what decision the coach makes." On whether Real would be favourites for the final, he added: "No, not really. Liverpool are in the final for a reason, they are a good team and have done very well to reach this stage. sbobet asian

"There aren't any favourites in a match like this, we know beating them will be very complicated." The French defender, who joined the Spanish giants in 2011, will be tasked with stopping the Reds' forward line in Kiev. And speaking to Marca, the 25-year-old admits Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be the main focus of their side. "They play well together and their attacking trio work together very well and have scored so many goals," he added. "We know that it's their strong point and they have quality players there, so we must defend well together and avoid leaving spaces. "It's very important that we do our collective work and close any gaps." sbobet asian
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