Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has given Liverpool a big morale boost ahead of the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 after the Frenchman made it clear he won't rest any of his players ahead of the final showdown with the Jurgen Klopp's men.

The squad returned to practice after qualifying for the Champions League final by eliminating Bayern Munich on Tuesday, reported Efe.

They have, however, taken heart from the way Juventus overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit in their quarter-final return fixture in Madrid, before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stoppage time penalty to send Madrid through.

The Brazilian defender blocked a cross from Joshua Kimmich in the penalty area at the end of the first half with the score at 1-1, but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave a corner. "We will do everything possible, to fight, to defend our title at any cost, but it's nice to get to the final for the third time in a row".

"Then you don't have to wonder why you are leaving the pitch as the defeated team".

"If I say it didn't hit me [on the hand] I'd be lying, but football is like that", said the Brazilian.

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Real, and Zidane, are now on the brink of a third consecutive Champions League triumph, and 13th overall in Europe's premier tournament.

"During the course of your career, you have your ups and downs, but they've shown that they can be relied upon at key times". We are happy. Real Madrid never gives up, even through difficulties, like we had [against Bayern]. Find us on Facebook too!

"We have had a wonderful atmosphere, a great collaboration over the nine months, it's a group that has character, it's a pity it was not rewarded", he added.

What hasn't been mentioned a lot though, due to the poor league campaign, is how remarkable Real's Champions League run has actually been.

Set to face either Liverpool in the final in Kyiv, Zidane knows winning this one will be harder than winning the two finals his side has won in the previous two seasons. His strength in defensive duels could sometimes be better but on the front foot he is a top-class performer and would have been a worthy competitor in this year's final.

"We really wanted to go to the final, we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened - I can not explain it".

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