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Bale calls for calm in Real ahead UCL final

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid’s players must work hard to keep their emotions in check against fierce foes Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The local rivals from the Spanish capital met in the decider of UEFA’s elite club competition in 2014, Madrid equalising in the 93rd minute before running out 4-1 winners after extra time.
Referee Bjorn Kuipers handed out 12 yellow cards in Lisbon, seven of them to Diego Simeone’s men and five to los Blancos, with both teams perhaps lucky to finish the game with a full complement of players.
And Bale knows cool heads will go a long way to determining the outcome of the latest continental decider between the neighbours at Milan’s San Siro this weekend.
“The key factor is to keep your emotions in check,” he said.
“If you let your emotions run away with you it can really damage you and your game. It’s important to focus on the football.”
Simeone has worked wonders to orchestrate another competitive season from Atletico, despite continually losing key players from the Vicente Calderon.
The Rojiblancos narrowly missed out on the Liga title in 2015-16, finishing behind Madrid and champions Barcelona, prompting Bale to pay tribute to their fighting spirit.

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