Gareth Bale: "It's been difficult"

The Welshman has endured an injury plagued season

BY Simon Maguire 13:11 Saturday 3 June 2017, 13:11 3 Jun 2017

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is looking forward to tonight's Champions League final against Juventus as he looks to finish an injury-plagued season on a high.

Real have already won La Liga and have an opportunity to retain Europe's top football honour. 

"It's obviously been difficult for me this season with injuries from my operation," he said, adding: "It's been difficult to come back properly from it and work on, let it heal a bit more as well. 

"Yeah, it will be a special moment and a bit more special if we can win," he added. 

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is looking to become the first coach since Arigo Sacchi to retain the European Cup after the Italian's success with AC Milan in 1990. 

Juventus are looking to cap a remarkable season with a treble, having already won Serie A and the Coppa Italia. 

Meanwhile, legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is looking to cap an extraordinary career by winning Europe's top prize. The 39-year-old will captain the Italian side in Cardiff on Saturday.  

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