Bale stars for Champions Matchday

Gareth Bale is the cover star of the latest Champions Matchday which also has exclusive interviews with Diego Simeone, Yaya Touré, Mathieu Flamini and Mario Götze.

Slick and suited, Gareth Bale adorns the cover of Champions Matchday for the round of 16 first leg issue. The Real Madrid CF man talks changing positions and grand ambitions, and we chart the history of his fellow Welshmen in the European Cup.

Former Madrid playmaker and current Olympiacos FC coach Míchel tells us about Javier Saviola's importance to the Greek title holders and his admiration for ex-AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi. We also speak to Diego Simeone, who gives us the inside story on his irresistible Club Atlético de Madrid team, while FC Zenit trainer Luciano Spalletti reveals his matchday routine.

While the remaining coaches refine the tactics they hope will take them to the quarter-finals, we look at how Vittorio Pozzo's W-W formation of the 1930s is influencing the shape of the modern game, and crunch the numbers of the remaining 16 sides in our latest infographic.

In other exclusives, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti ponders comparisons with Xavi Hernández and Andrea Pirlo, Mario Götze says spaces are more important than positions, and Mathieu Flamini explains why he is more mature in his second spell with Arsenal FC.

Yaya Touré admits he was not thrilled to be drawn against old team-mates at FC Barcelona, Henrikh Mkhitaryan talks about adapting to a new role with Borussia Dortmund and Roman Neustädter discusses the function of the central midfielder. On top of that, we examine how Oscar is inspiring Chelsea FC, Clarence Seedorf's return to Milan and much, much more. 

Champions Matchday is the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League and is available across Europe. It is also available in digital format which can be purchased on Apple Newsstand. You can also follow the magazine on Twitter @ChampionsMag.