Real Madrid's passage to a third consecutive Champions League final after their 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Munich was described as being akin to a miracle in the media after they rode their luck for the third game running. "A respect, yes, but never a fear". Everybody must be proud that now we have a supervisor like him'. "We all have bad nights".
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.
For long periods in the second half, Heynckes' men were dominant.
But Benzema's double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a awful error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, and a 4-3 win on aggregate.
"It had been hard for him to not score but he always does his job, he doesn't give up".
Marcelo admitted he was fortunate not to concede a penalty.
Known for being forthright, Vidal on Instagram, labelled referee Cuneyt Cakır's decision not to award Bayern a penalty as "criminal sh*t".
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Just as they did in the first leg in Munich, where Real escaped with a 2-1 victory, Bayern took the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Joshua Kimmich.
The goal meant Bayern had to score two more goals to knock Real out and they only managed one, from James Rodriguez. If I say it does not hit me, I'm lying, but football is like that. The first was when Marcelo handled in the area and the second came when Sergio Ramos appeared to push Robert Lewandowski in the back.
"We're all a bit sad because it was possible to bring the great Real Madrid into the abyss".
Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko scored twice against Liverpool over the two legs, troubling a revitalised Liverpool back line of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren and being the focal point of Roma's attack. Maybe that is a quality, not to make mistakes that big.
"I have to compliment my team, I have not seen FC Bayern in form like that for many years, it was football at its best".
Despite winning 2-1 in Bavaria in the first leg, the game was delicately poised at 2-2 in its final minutes, leaving the German champions just a goal away from knocking Zinedine Zidane's side out of the competition.
"We played better than in Munich".