But Bale now admits Saturday's final against the Bianconeri may come too soon for him, concerned that an ankle ligament injury suffered in November which required surgery is now hampering his hopes of starting in Cardiff. Having broken through at Southampton and thrived at Tottenham, the 27-year-old has taken his game onto another level at the Bernabeu.
The overriding feeling in the Spanish media, however, is that Spain midfielder Isco, who has thrived in Bale's absence, scoring five goals and notching three assists in his last eight games, deserves a starting berth over the injury-prone Wales worldwide. Yes, but they have a lot of good players.
"He is ready, he is back with us and he is absolutely desperate to play because it is his home".
Will he go with the overpowering Gareth Bale in attack or keep the creative Francisco "Isco" Alarcon in midfield? They are both in good form heading into the final, although Bale has played fewer minutes.
"It is wonderful to win the league, but the Champions League is always special to me".
"We just want to play a great game and then we'll see what happens. I have the feeling that we are going to play a great game and we are going to win".
"I am now fully focused on Juventus as we are set to face Real Madrid on Saturday evening". I've experienced spectacular things with this club as a player, assistant coach and head coach.
"There are three or four others we could talk about, but they're all good. At the time there was not a stadium big enough, I don't think".
"Gareth has nothing to say, he has a tremendous dream because he is playing at home, I know the motivation all the players have and I'm only interested in that".
Zidane used several different formations and successfully resorted to rotations to keep his top players fresh at the important moments of the season. As we all know from following Juventus over the years - and as much as I hate to admit this in relation to Real Madrid because I genuinely dislike them - these are hallmarks of champions, and that really worries me.