Gareth Bale says medals matter more than Real Madrid star status

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"The big players in the dressing room of Real Madrid are angry with Bale", Inda told Spanish TV show El Chiringuito. Nacho will fill in for Rapahel Varane who is still not 100% fit.

It is also why one of the richest clubs in the world didn't feel the need to go wild in a hyper-inflated transfer market following Neymar's world record 222 million-euro move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid vs APOEL is one of the important games of the second-day Champions League. The German side won 5-1 on aggregate. When he is on the pitch, normally he scores many goals.

They will attempt to repeat that feat at the Club World Cup when the reigning Spanish, European and world club champions arrive in the UAE on December 6.

"I hope there are many more to come, and if there are I'll be working day in day out to make yet more dreams come true", he said.

"We are champions but everything is beginning from zero again", he said.

That is not good news for Waterman, who'll essentially try to keep chances and goals at a minimum, knowing that he will be conceding goals for sure.

Manchester United were interested in making Bale their marquee signing, but the 28-year-old stayed at the Bernabeu, where Cristiano Ronaldo continues to hold star billing in his 33rd year.

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Out of England, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is very unlikely to get his hands on the trophy with Borussia Dortmund while Medhi Benatia and Kwadwo Asamoah are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing in the last final to Real Madrid.

The Wednesday fixtures of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18 season would witness the return of Cristiano Ronaldo who has not featured for the defending champions because of punishment for five matches. This may have been a cause of their attacking problems because Isco was being pushed back instead of his free roaming position behind the strikers and in front of the midfield.

"We are happy to be back in this competition, we are the reigning champions".

Mayoral has a chance of starting in the team's Champions League opener because Benzema has already been ruled out due to a muscle injury in his right leg.

But Real Madrid have missed him while he has been away.

- Tottenham and Dortmund's only previous encounter was in the round of 16 of the 2015-16 Europa League.

The upcoming fight will be the 3rd full-time meeting between Real Madrid and APOEL.

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