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20 May, 2017, 06:57 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at Valdebebas Sport City in Madrid on the eve of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico de Madrid

Real Madrid eliminated city rivals Atletico Madrid for the fourth time in as many years on Wednesday, losing their Champions League semifinal second leg 2-1 but progressing to the final 4-2 on aggregate. The injury wasn't called season-ending at the time, but it's looking like it could be now.

The result of the club's appeal to reduce the ban to one already served transfer window will be known before the end of the season and will have a huge bearing on Atletico's ability to make the improvements needed to compete next season.

Zinedine Zidane's team, attempting to become the first team to win the Champions League twice in a row, will meet Juventus at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 3 June.

The Italian champions were in unsafe form as they disposed of the best side in Ligue 1 this term, winning both legs to progress 4-1 on aggregate.

Ramos said: "Not only do they have Alves, they also have Pipa (Higuain), (Mario) Mandzukic, (Giorgio) Chiellini.sparks are going to fly".

That was until Karim Benzema somehow evaded three Rojiblanco defenders before Isco grabbed what was a crucial away goal. "We look very good in LaLiga and are in the Champions League final, but it does not mean anything", said the Frenchman.

Former Liverpool and Real midfielder McManaman, who won two Champions League trophies with the Spanish side, took issue with Ferdinand's use of the work "transition", and questioned why this is repeatedly used as an excuse for English sides failing in Europe.

The game ended in the middle of a tremendous thunderstorm and despite their sides exit, the home fans cheered their players off the pitch.

Real Madrid, still crowing from reaching a third Champions League final in four years, will turn their focus to winning their first La Liga title since 2012 when they play Sevilla in their final home game of the season on Sunday. "The atmosphere was one of those magical moments in the Calderon that will live in people's memories forever".

"Anything can happen in the final, but I see the team as being in fine shape and we'll contest and win the final".

Real now takes on Juventus in the finals. "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".


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