Real Madrid star Gareth Bale says losing Champions League final would be 'ultimate failure' as he prepares for San Siro showdown against Atletico 

Gareth Bale has described losing a cup final as the 'ultimate failure' and urged Real Madrid not to disappoint their fans and lift the Champions League trophy this weekend. 

Los Blancos play city rivals Atletico Madrid in the final of European football's premier competition for the second time in three years and the Welshman, who scored in the two clubs' previous encounter at this stage, wants to make sure he's on the winning side again. 

Bale told Marca: 'Reaching a final is fine, but to lose a final as big as this is the ultimate failure.' 

 

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is desperate to win the Champions League final this weekend 

The Welshman scored in Los Blancos' last Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in 2014

The Welshman scored in Los Blancos' last Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in 2014

The 26-year-old added: 'When we confront the final we will only think about winning. It will be a very different game [compared to the previous final in 2014], but we have more experience and can hopefully get the same result.'

This year's game is being held in Milan's San Siro Stadium, a ground at which Bale enjoyed one of the finest nights of his career so far. 

The forward, while playing for former club Tottenham, scored a hat-trick against Inter Milan in 2010.

He said: 'I have fond memories of the San Siro. I don't know the history of Real [at the stadium] but it's not very important at this stage, what will happen will happen.'

Madrid sacked Rafa Benitez as manager in January and replaced him with club legend Zinedine Zidane. 

Although Bale was close to Benitez and was upset to see him leave the Santiago Bernabeu, he has admitted that he is enjoying playing under the Frenchman. 

While playing for Tottenham in 2010, Bale scored a hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro 

While playing for Tottenham in 2010, Bale scored a hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro 

Bale, pictured alongside Madrid team-mate Luka Modric, says that losing the final would be a failure

Bale, pictured alongside Madrid team-mate Luka Modric, says that losing the final would be a failure

Bale explained: 'I'm now enjoying Zidane, I have more freedom, we're playing good football and as a team have reached the final. 

'He's done a great job and it's not my decision if he continues or not [as coach next season].'

'Obviously the good work deserves to continue, but I repeat, it's a decision that is not for me to decide.' 

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