Real Madrid Manager Admits their Champions League Dominance is Not "Normal"


Liverpool set up a repeat of their 1981 meeting against Real Madrid despite a first Champions League defeat of the season at the Stadio Olimpico. According to Zizou, as he is fondly called,"We are still only in the final".

Real had also sneaked through their quarter-final tie against Juventus 4-3 on aggregate, qualifying with the help of a hotly contested injury-time penalty.

"But now that we are, what we have to do is try to win". But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second - and crucial - goal on the night.

Real Madrid rode their luck against Bayern Munich and could be grateful that Navas, sometimes a maligned figure, produced so spectacularly between the posts. It's the history that comes from a long time ago. "Obviously we have to ask what we are doing wrong in these semi-finals". James Rodriguez's goal added some late tension, but the Spanish giants kept their hopes of another Champions League trophy alive. "It is the same in adversity, we believe in what we do and we get things done by believing in ourselves and fighting".

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The Reds have won only three of their last 11 Premier League matches directly following a Champions League fixture (D6, L2).

But Bayern could not muster the third goal to overcome Karim Benzema's double in between - the first a header, and the second a simple finish following a howler by Ulreich. The oft-criticised forward, who has netted only 11 times this season, also received his boss's backing. We came in the competition as a qualifier and now we are in the final and I am really, really happy for the boys and really happy for the club and really happy for our fans.

"It would be a dream to play for my country, but as I have always said, I am not stressing about it", said Ulreich.

"We struggled in the beginning, conceding early and not being able to play our game". I am not the only one working.

"But they are an ageing side and we have the energy and the legs to put them under pressure".

Zinedine Zidane has repeatedly proven that he is good at what he does; he was right in sticking with his current team and working through obstacles to achieve better results.