Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail about his future in the game, and refused to rule out a return to England on day, leaving the door open to potentially rejoining Tottenham.
'Mistakes happen. It's just unfortunate it's in a final.
"We have to defend the title and it's always a bit more motivation when the final is in Madrid, the home of an opponent like Atletico", the defender said.
Fired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane's last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season's Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1. That's the only way you can compete with the Premier League - the richest.
With Ronaldo, Real managed to win three successive Champions League titles cementing the side as one of the greatest of all time but Alves believes that it will be more hard to play them without Ronaldo as their main focal point.
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Shaw will return to the United team after missing Saturday's Premier League win against Watford due to a head injury sustained on England duty.
"They are a side that has improved and the squad is more complete, has more depth".
However, Real Madrid, under new boss Julen Lopetegui, have continued their impressive form this season.
CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen are the other two teams in Group G but Roma director Francesco Totti believes a positive result at the Bernabeu is possible.
A dash, a leap, a mid-air twist, fists swinging down from over the head into a trademark power-pose landing: The sight of Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his first goal in a Juventus shirt was at once familiar and foreign, old moves transposed to a new context. Let us know in the comments section below.