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Bale gunning for Bayern

The Real Madrid winger hopes to fire his side into the UEFA Champions League final.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale celebrates his goal against Barcelona during the King's Cup final on 16 April 2014. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Gareth Bale's dream season at Real Madrid continues on Tuesday evening when his side takes on Bayern Munich in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

He joined the Spanish giants at the start of the 2013/14 season for a record fee of £86 million (R1,53 billion) and has cemented his place in the star-studded team.

Bale has already written himself into Real Madrid history when he scored the goal that won the Copa del Rey.

The Welshman will be keen to add to his trophy collection by firing Madrid to their tenth European title.

Bale says winning trophies are a necessity for anyone playing football for a club like Real Madrid.

"When you come here, you realise the expectations of everybody. No matter what competition we're in, we want to win it. The expectation was to win the Copa del Rey and it was obviously great to win it. Hopefully, now we can push on."

Despite his superstar status, Bale admitted he still gets nervous ahead of a game of this magnitude.

"I think everybody feels a little bit nervous when it's such a big game, but I think it's positive nerves. Everybody enjoys playing in the big games against the big teams. We want to win trophies so together; we have to win big games against great teams. We hope to do that [tonight]."

Bale says his side will have to produce a solid defensive performance if they are knock out Bayern Munich and reach the Champions League final.

Madrid take a 1-0 lead into tonight's clash at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

If players successfully defend their lead, Madrid could reach their first Champions League final since 2002.

Bale says 'Los Blancos' will need to suppress their natural attacking instincts if they are to beat the defending European Champions.

"There are going to be stages where we'll have to defend very well, which is normal in any game. I think every player on the pitch will work 100 percent, whether it be defending or attacking."

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