Real Madrid in Champions League final despite defeat


A 2-1 defeat at the Vicente Calderon in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday saw Real progress 4-2 on aggregate as Zidane's team made it to the final for the second time in two years.

Luis Enrique's Barcelona face a Las Palmas side that appears to be in freefall since coach Quique Setien announced two months ago he was leaving at the end of the season, reports Xinhua news agency.

Atletico trailed 0-3 from the first leg, and looked unlikely to overturn the deficit and deny their rich neighbours the chance of repeating their 1998 meeting with Juventus.

Italian champions Juventus await, who Zidane left for a then world record fee when he first joined Real as a player in 2001.

"It's the club's success", Simeone said.

"We have been consistent this season and our goals are within reach".

Sevilla have won just three of their last 12 games, stumbling towards fourth place and the final Champions League berth.

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However, the 33-year-old claims his stoppage-time goal at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in 2009 is his greatest moment in the competition, it ultimately led to Barcelona winning the competition in Rome and it secured the Spanish internationals second European trophy.

"Now, though, I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life and it will be a great final".

Real Madrid playmaker Isco said his team had been happy to fearless pouring rain and whistles from the Atletico Madrid fans to share their passage to the Champions League final with the visiting supporters.

"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". When they leave the ramshackle, rusting but beloved Calderon, however, they will take a step closer to being like Real, one of Europe's super-clubs with a state-of-the-art stadium to match.

"We are very happy to arrive again to the final". "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".

"Everyone has seen what a player he was, now he is proving to be good also as a coach". The price for a home win does not exactly appeal as much as for a Real Madrid victory and both teams to score is available at a more temping 9/10 (1.90) .