Real survive early Atletico onslaught to reach final

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

They did beat Real 2-1 on Wednesday but lost the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Finally, Zidane summarize his job at Real Madrid: "I'm happy, it means that I'm doing a great job, but having this squad and the credit is for everyone, especially the squad".

Real have won only one of their last eight league games against Atletico but have found the magic formula against their rivals in the Champions League, which winger Lucas Vazquez said was due to their history in the competition.

Real head coach Zinedine Zidane will have to consider whether to field his strongest 11 or to rest footballers who played in midweek, especially as his side has to play away to Celta Vigo in another potentially decisive match on Wednesday night.

But in the end you know how this is, I am with Real Madrid now, the club of my life too.

However, Real regained their composure to get the vital away goal they needed for some extra breathing space just before half-time. It was also the final Champions League game at the hallowed stadium. "We have three games in a week now, and I hope he can be with us [for some of them], as it's better that he plays a bit".

The banners at the Bernabeu last week read "tell me how it feels", along with an image of the Champions League trophy and the words "Milan" and "Lisbon", the cities which hosted the finals where Madrid defeated Atletico in 2014 and 2016. "If you try to analyze the situation that we have in front of us, and the things that we need to do to keep improving, I think we certainly can achieve these things".

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To their credit Real Madrid remained calm and proceeded to dominate possession for the rest of the half, frustrating the home players and taking the sting out of Atleticos attacking thrust.

'Every game against Atletico is hard because they are a great team but we know how to beat them'.

Juventus made it to their second Champions League final in three years after clinching a comfortable 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco at the Juventus Stadium.

"We have to be proud of the players".

"Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus - there's a lot of money that's come into the English game, but all the English teams seem to be in a transition".

The game ended in the middle of a tremendous thunderstorm and despite their side's exit, the home fans cheered their players off the pitch.

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