5 reasons Real Madrid won't reach the UEFA Champions League final in 2018
An unfit winger, a misfiring striker, a shallow squad. Various issues plague Real in their pursuit of a third consecutive UCL trophy
Real Madrid casts a gargantuan shadow on the European stage; 12 European cups - 5 more than the nearest contender, 3 UCL trophies in the past 4 years and an appearance in at least the semifinal stage for all editions of UEFA Champions League since the turn of the decade.
Yet there are plenty of reasons to believe the Spanish giants could miss out on a historic night in Kiev this time out.
We present you five reasons Real Madrid will not reach the UEFA Champions League final this year.
#5 Bale’s recurring injury and form concerns
During Real Madrid’s recent 6-3 win over Girona recently, a commentator suggested that Bale needs to prove himself if he wants to start the Champions League tie against Juventus; “If Gareth Bale can show he’s at the same level as Lucas Vazquez, now’s the time.”
How the mighty have fallen. From the moment he arrived, injury problems have plagued Bale. Calf problems have seen him miss much of this season, in fact he has made just 29 appearances in all competitions this season.
Even when fit, Bale has been unable to force his way into Zidane’s recently preferred flat 4-4-2, with Asensio and Vazquez lining up on the flanks and Benzema alongside Ronaldo preferred upfront.
Gareth Bale has been a very important figure in Real Madrid’s recent European success. His goal to give Real Madrid the lead in the 2014 UCL final quickly comes to mind. He has started 2 of the 3 Champions League finals for Real in these 4 years. His absence, or lack of presence, will certainly have a huge impact on Real’s chances this time around.