Mijatovic: Bale can save Madrid's season in Champions League final

The former Los Blancos marksman believes the Wales international can continue his knack for scoring in showpiece events for the club in Saturday’s decider with rivals Atletico

Former Real Madrid striker Predrag Mijatovic has backed Gareth Bale to “save” the club’s season by leading them to victory in the Champions League final.

The 10-time European champions will lock horns with city rivals Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s decider in Milan – a rematch of the 2014 final in which the Wales international scored as Real won 4-1 after extra time.

It has been another difficult season for Real, having watched Barcelona retain their La Liga crown while failing to make it past the Copa del Rey last 32, with Rafael Benitez replaced by Zinedine Zidane at the helm in January.

But Mijatovic, who spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu and scored the winning goal in the 1997-98 Champions League final, says Real have a born match winner in Bale and believes he can ensure Los Blancos’ season doesn’t end in sadness.

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“There are players that are born with a gift for scoring in finals; it can’t just be a coincidence,” the 47-year-old said via Marca.

“He’s a great player and has scored in them all, let’s hope it continues.”

Mijatovic added: “Real Madrid need to win to save their season.

“If they don’t it would be a second consecutive disappointing season, which would be worrying.”

Bale, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this season, has also netted in a Copa del Rey and Club World Cup final apiece for Real.

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