Gareth Bale: 'This is why I signed for Real Madrid', says £86m man after beating Bayern Munich
The Welshman joined from Tottenham for £86m over the summer
After Real Madrid's devastating 4-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday night, Gareth Bale, who signed for the club from Tottenham for £86m over the summer, said that reaching the final shows why he moved to the Spanish giants.
"This is why I came to the biggest club in the world - to win trophies and play in massive games," Bale told ITV.
"It's a fantastic result for us. We've been working hard, got our tactics right and deserved the win."
Holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg of their semi-final, a first-half brace from Sergio Ramos and two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo - which took his season's European tally to a record 16 - handed Real a comfortable win that takes them to the Estadio da Luz to face either Chelsea or city rivals Atletico on May 24.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti described his side's first-half performance as 'perfect' as they blew away Bayern Munich to advance to the Champions League final.
"Unbelievable, I'm really happy," he told Sky Sports News.
"I think the first-half was fantastic. We did really well defensively, offensively, with the ball, without the ball. It was a perfect game I think, the first-half.
"I think the key of this game was the job that all the players made together. When we have this kind of thought from everyone, when you have quality, I think that this is the key to the game.
"We tried to do a little bit more than what we did in the first game. To put more pressure in front, to play quickly because we have this kind of quality. Everything was good."
Real will now go to Lisbon on May 24 in search of a 10th European Cup and they will face either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid.
Both of those fixtures will be draped in history with Ancelotti either facing his previous employers or leading his team into a Madrid derby but the Italian is not concerned with who they may face.
"Chelsea have a lot of experience for this kind of game," he said. "On the other side, Atletico are a team with a lot of enthusiasm at this moment but it doesn't matter."
Bayern boss Pep Guardiola came in for some criticism after the first-leg defeat with some suggesting that his possession-based brand of football was ineffective against Real.
But the former Barcelona boss was insistent following the second-leg that a lack of possession had hurt his team and that had stopped them from controlling the game.
"The reason for the defeat is that we played too little with the ball," he told the club's official website.
"In Manchester and also in Madrid, we have made it outstanding, not today.
"If you do not have control of the game, you have no chance against this team.
"We played badly, that's my responsibility. We are at the highest level in Europe and such errors are punished.
"I'll try to lift the players."
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