Bale not nervous ahead of CL final

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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is feeling "more relaxed" ahead of his second Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

The Welshman scored the first of three extra-time goals as Los Blancos recorded a 4-1 win over Atleti in the 2014 final in Lisbon, and he believes that experience will settle his nerves ahead of Saturday's clash at San Siro.

"Last time I was nervous but now I feel like I know how to deal with it," Bale told The Guardian. "I feel more relaxed.

"I suppose you've had the experience so you know what to expect. Hopefully that can improve my performance."

The clash in Milan will be the second all-Madrid final in the last three years, so Bale is more than familiar with the opposition and knows what to expect from Diego Simeone's side.

"Games against Atletico are always very physical," he added. "They're very defensive and make it very difficult to break them down.

"It is about taking our opportunities because they're not going to give us a lot. If they attack us, we can defend and hit on the counter; if they don't attack, we can't counter.

"But we have a few game plans. We can keep the ball, counter-attack, defend. When the game comes, plans sometimes go out of the window, though."