Thursday, 24 May, 2018

A comparison of the 2018 Champions League finalists

Gareth Bale transfer latest Florentino Perez wants Wales star to stay at Real Madrid and Zidane claims he will not be sold Bale has started just 17 league games this season
Elias Hubbard | 07 May, 2018, 00:40

There was never any sense he would miss when confronted with Alisson Becker after Roberto Firmino's early pass; he duly converted the goal that sent Liverpool on their way, his ninth of this Champions League season, and was at times electric thereafter when leading rapid counters.

Spanish daily Marca ran a story on Sunday headlined "Something is up with Benzema", which claimed Zidane's patience with the striker was running out, as shown by him being dropped to the bench against Atletico Madrid, in the quarter-final second leg against Juventus and in the first leg at Bayern. "I'm sorry. for my team and for you fans".

For the Reds, this fortunate victory could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as we look at five reasons why Liverpool will be delighted to see the Blancos instead of the German champions in the final.

The Brazilian blocked a shot from Kimmich in the penalty area at the end of the first half with the score at 1-1 but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave a corner instead.

With the scores level at 1-1 just after the break, Ulreich's blunder gifted Karim Benzema his second goal and gave Real the lead.

Despite Real Madrid President Florentino Perez's anger over keeping Benzema as an attacker, Ronaldo and Zidane have reminded Perez of Benzema's ability to achieve his goals, in addition to his importance among the players. Zidane has said time and again he will not take a risk so it is looking increasingly likely he will not feature.

Heynckes said he expected a competent performance from the Turkish official. Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League's all-time leading scorer - with 120 goals, Real Madrid's all-time top scorer and a four-time victor of the competition. "I don't think it was fair".

"I do not talk about the referees, but it is clear that sometimes it is wrong in our favor and other times against".

Only Real and AC Milan have won more European Cups than Liverpool.

"It was a very hard match", Navas said. "I really think it's necessary, because fans might joke that the final with VAR would be Bayern Munich-Roma, but it's actually true", Monchi added. "We conceded goals because of some mistakes - it had nothing to do with the organisation or style of play".

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