Wales star Gareth Bale will have the opportunity to gun down Manchester City once again, with Real Madrid being drawn to face the English Premier League side in the Champions League Semi-Finals. It promises to be an intriguing and enthralling clash between two teams packed with quality, and although reaching this stage of the competition is a new club record for Manuel Pellegrini and his players, they have done so on merit and should not be under-estimated.
Bale, who has enjoyed another strong season in Spain and will play a big role in his country's first ever appearance at a European Championship this summer, remains the most expensive player in world football, having left Tottenham in 2013 for £86 million. He will be no stranger to Manchester City, having caused them numerous problems as his potential and quality became clear for all to see during his six-year spell at White Hart Lane. All eyes may be on Cristiano Ronaldo who could make the all important difference in the eyes of Coral who see Real Madrid as slight favourites to progress to the final, but sixteen goals in just twenty league appearances also makes Bale a player that could take the game away from Manchester City.
His superbly-taken goal against Getafe at the weekend took Bale's league tally for the season to sixteen, breaking his previous best of fifteen back in his first year in Spain in 2013/2014. Bale has also recently become the highest scoring British player in La Liga's history, having surpassed the record set by Gary Lineker during his time at Barcelona in the 1980s; adding goals to his game has made the 26-year-old more dangerous than ever before, with his considerable pace and wand of a left foot being utilised to great effect for both club and country. He may have been unable to find the back of the net during Real Madrid's quarter final clash against Wolfsburg, but while it is hotly debated whether their comeback from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to win 3-0 at the Bernabeu should be considered among the greatest in competition history, the latest Champions League odds with Coral would suggest that the Spanish giants have a great chance of reaching the final in Milan.
Chris Coleman and ardent Wales fans will all be watching the two-legged clash with Manchester City in the hope that Bale comes through unscathed and remains in prime condition ahead of Euro 2016. It will be a memorable summer across Wales as the national football team travel to France to compete in a major tournament, but Bale and his team-mates will not be going to make up the numbers; there is every chance that Wales can progress from a group which includes England, Russia and Slovakia, and if Bale continues the level of performances that he has put in for Real Madrid in recent weeks, then there is no reason why the Cardiff-born star add the achievement of reaching the latter stages with his country at Euro 2016 with another Champions League winners medal.