Bale Responds to Pellegrini’s ‘lucky’ jibe

Gareth Bale has responded to Manuel Pellegrini's suggestions that Real Madrid were "lucky" to reach the Champions League final, insisting his team fully deserved it.

Los Blancos beat City 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, courtesy of a Fernando deflection from Bale's effort, which the Welshman admits was fortunate.

The own goal proved decisive in the tie, following the 0-0 first leg draw at the Etihad Stadium last week.

"I don't think we were lucky," Bale said after the game. "There was a bit of luck involved in the goal, obviously, but we controlled possession.

"They had their moments but I don't think they had a shot on target in two games – maybe just one. We're definitely the deserved winners.

"Semi-finals are always cagey – no-one really wants to make a mistake. We were lucky enough to get a goal and that's the difference."

Real now join their Madrid rivals Atletico in a mouth-watering final on May 28 at Milan's San Siro stadium, a repeat of the 2014 final which Real won 4-1 after extra time.