Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Real Madrid coach Zidane hails form of Keylor and Benzema

Real Madrid coach Zidane hails form of Keylor and Benzema

In an nearly carbon copy of the second leg against Juventus in the quarter-finals, Real were left hanging on at the Santiago Bernabeu in added time.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said Madrid "should thank Navas for his performance" at the Bernabeu.

The Frenchman said Barça refused to give Real Madrid a guard of honour when they won the Club World Cup earlier in the year but said in a pre-match conference that Madrid will pay tribute to Andres Iniesta who will be departing Barça at the end of the season.

"You can not be in the final without suffering, it's even better, more handsome when you win like that".

Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich has apologised for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal blunder against Real Madrid.

'He deserves this. It's not unintentional that he already reached the ultimate of the Champions League in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund.

Eight minutes later, Real Madrid made a quick comeback with a surprisingly, simple header by Benzema, crossed by Marcelo from the left.

Jurgen Klopp promised Liverpool would not sit back in Rome and they kept to their word, with Mane outshining Mohamed Salah as their most threatening outlet this time.

"But you guys know that I don't talk about the referees".

Mats Hummels was quick not to apportion blame on Ulreich. On the possibility of his players looking to avoid injury ahead of the Liverpool clash, Zidane added: "We can't think about that". It's on us tonight.

"We played better than in Munich".

When quizzed on whether a penalty should have been awarded, the Brazil worldwide added: "Well, if it hit my hand, I'd say so".

"If I say it didn't hit me, I'd be lying, but football is like that.

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".

Zidane's decision to pick Benzema despite a poor run of form that had included only one goal in 12 games also proved to be a masterstroke.

So no, Real's players weren't out on their home patch advertising to the world they had done it again, they were simply broadcasting a message to their fans about fighting for the trophy once again.

"We are going to go there and fight for the fans, for the club, and play without fear to try to win the final".

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