Wales boss Robert Page praised Real Madrid fans for giving Gareth Bale a standing ovation after they beat Liverpool in the final of the Champions League. Real fans gave Bale a rapturous ovation after they paraded their trophies at the Bernabeu. Despite being a non-playing substitute in the final. Bale became the first British player to win the Champions League on five occasions.
“I thought they showed class and rightly so for what he’s achieved for that football club. You look back to what he’s done, scoring winners in Champions League finals and in the manner in which he’s done it. What an achievement for him personally to be a part of that group of people, that team that’s achieved that, is phenomenal,” Robert Page said praising the Real Madrid fans for giving Gareth Bale an ovation. “Not many players can say they’ve done that, so credit to him. He deserves all the plaudits, absolutely. He’s in good spirits as he always is. He was adamant he was meeting the players in Portugal to fly to Poland with them, which speaks volumes.”
“It’s risk and reward. The biggest game we’ve got is on Sunday and that’s no disrespect to Poland whatsoever. We’re going to show them complete respect, but we’d be mad to jeopardize our top, top players,” he added. “Sorba is slightly different to Brennan, he’s not played as many minutes and had as much football. Credit to him, he got here this morning and he is with the boys for breakfast today, showing that commitment to be with the group right away. Brennan’s slightly different. I’ve given a few days [off] after the final. He’s played a lot of football this season. But he’ll be there at the hotel waiting for us on Wednesday night [in Wales] when we fly back, ready for Sunday’s game.”