Still dressed in short, with the stockings by the ankles and cheeks flushed, Gareth Bale picked up the trophy for the best player of the game as a result of his triplet to Kashima Antlers. "We had to be professionals," said the Welshman, who minutes before, still on the grass, still had some physical comment to make. "My leg has hurt a bit but I wanted to help the team," he said, referring to a blow received before opening the score. Bale's smile also reached Solari. "He has made a sensational match," said Madrid coach, who wanted to be generous, as usual, with the Welshman: "He has eaten everything, the stage, the grandstand, the goals, the networks … He has shown what He is capable of doing and we are all very happy. The goal is what dominates football and Gareth has it. "
The Bale statistic shows an absolute success. The Welshman scored in each of the three shots he made on goal, all in a space of only 11 minutes. "It's an airplane", defined Lucas Vázquez, who after the muscular relapse of Asensio points back to start for the final on Saturday against Al Ain. "The coach is giving me many opportunities and I try to restore confidence," said Galician, the player who scored more goals in the game (four). "If you think that this kind of games are going to be easy then you will lose," analyzed Kroos, the player who passed the best passes, 98, only nine. "I did not see River's game, but we will analyze our rival. If you win the Champions you have to try to win this tournament and that is our goal, "added the German. Yes he did the duties Courtois. "I saw River's game and you can not trust the opponent. These encounters are always complicated. They play Europe differently, "the Belgian said.
If during the start of the game Solari remained standing, and in the first moments of the crash he even twisted the gesture and bent his waist until observing the immensity of the sky, after Bale's machada everything changed. "The football that soccer players develop depends on them," said Solari, wanting to distance himself from the good performance of players like Bale.
Connection with Marcelo
"Football belongs to football players. All those around us try to help, be useful to push and order according to the task of each. Sometimes they take more or less to find themselves, "said the Argentine. However, he did come to value the performance of Marcelo, the real agitator of the match, and the teammate who passed the most was Bale (11). "I do not think this is the best version of Marcelo. It has been very good, but I hope that it shows us a better one in the final, it is a magnificent player who has to keep pushing ", analyzed the coach.
The entry of Casemiro in the final minutes after Asensio ("he had nothing, he was clean, he was fine until he could not anymore", explained Solari), he allowed the Brazilian to take pace and his presence in the final is now in the mind of the technician. However, Llorente also received some compliment from his coach: "Since he started playing he has done as he did from the beginning, and it is easy to say but difficult to do". The analysis of Al Ain was preliminary, because the reality of Madrid is that the state of its nursing and the recovery of many of its players remains the priority. Although nobody forgets the title.