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Real Madrid beat Atletico to advance to 2017 UEFA Champions League final

16 Mai 2017

Real Madrid ultimately progressed 4-2 on aggregate after a close-range effort from Isco, however, and Ramos has claimed that his side are "very hungry" to make it back-to-back Champions League titles. Real will now face Juventus in the Champions League final on 3rd June.

"It (the final) will be a special one because it's a club that also played a very important part in my career during my playing days and I see it as a club which has also given me a great deal".

The 31-year-old was speaking after Real secured a final showdown with the treble-chasing Italian superpowers after easing past Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.

"I can't do anything about it now", added Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane: "We have three cup finals in LaLiga and we're starting with the first, tomorrow".

Even though they have a record 32 Spanish top-flight crowns and 11 European Cups/Champions League titles, Real have often struggled to combine their domestic and European campaigns. "In Beverly Hills, there will also be humble families - I don't want them to get angry with me as we are doing preseason there". "We know the path is long and hard and that they deserve to be there and I think we do too".

Madrid's players returned to the Calderon pitch 15 minutes after the final whistle, diving together across the slippy surface towards their own crowd high in one corner of the Estadio Vicente Calderon before unused substitute Nacho spread a Madrid flag on the ground.

Real's Champions League triumphs in 2014 and 2016 have distracted from rivals Barcelona's creeping domination in the league.

However, Zidane preferred to highlight the strength of his squad rather than his own role in a remarkably successful run since he took his first senior managerial job 17 months ago. He lauded the efforts of Juventus to reach the finale, saying they "deserved" it but maintained he will have no divided loyalties.

Zidane has hinted Bale could be fit for the showpiece in Cardiff and said: 'He's recovering and there's time for him to be ready for the final.

The good news for Atletico is that right back Juanfran Torres will be available after injury giving the side some balance they were missing in the Bernabeu where Lucas Hernndez (Theo's brother) was forced to play on the right. "This summer will be huge for them".

Simeone said there is no easy formula to take Atletico to the next level. "It's clear that we need to keep improving". "And if we can improve from what we have achieved so far, the future is encouraging".

Real Madrid beat Atletico to advance to 2017 UEFA Champions League final