Benzema's great escape puts Madrid in Champions League final

Hope Soto
May 24, 2017

Diego Simeone was thrilled with his players despite Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign again coming to an end at the hands of Real Madrid. They have deserved to reach the final, we have too. Madrid defeated Atletico in the final previous year and in 2014, and also eliminated the crosstown opponent in the quarterfinals in 2015.

Iniesta, a four-time victor of the trophy, says his interest is minimal given that he will not be involved but accepts Juve and Madrid deserve their shot at glory.

It was an inspired piece of skill by Karin Benzema that shattered Atletico Madrid's hopes of a comeback in the semifinals of the Champions League.

"Karim is an incredibly great player and today he helped us with his magic", Madrid left back Marcelo said.

"We overcame some very competitive sides en route to the final, the likes of Bayern, the game in Naples, which also was a tough one, and Atletico", said Ramos, whose side are also in pole position to win the Spanish title.

Madrid will try to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

"It was a Champions League semi-final against a great opponent and they made things hard for us in their stadium, but our team demonstrated why we have been competing the way we have for so many years".

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"Real Madrid are absolutely not the favourites".

Although 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who is playing his debut season, struck a consolidated goal for Monaco in the 69th minute, it was not just enough to emerge victorious against Juventus.

Atletico, the third force in Spanish soccer behind Madrid and Barcelona, was trying to win its first title and avenge the heartbreaking losses to Madrid in a penalty shootout past year and after extra time in 2014.

Atletico was upset by the banners and provoked Madrid in the run-up to the second leg. After 25 minutes things changed completely, and we found our game. We need a little bit of patience with the managers, we need to keep all of our better players. Coach Simeone was loudly cheered.

Atletico looked upbeat in their approach from the very beginning of the match which yielded them a very early opening goal.

But there's one problem: Atletico still have one more home game to go, against Athletic Bilbao, on the final day of the La Liga season.

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