A comparison of the 2018 Champions League finalists

Florence Fletcher
May 7, 2018

James, who has a two-year loan deal at Bayern, chipped in with a goal and an assist over the two legs, but Real Madrid nevertheless emerged victorious 4-3 on aggregate.

When Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead and James Rodriguez levelled with 27 minutes remaining, Real looked in danger of surrendering their 2-1 advantage from the first leg. Zidane is getting his tactics wrong, Ronaldo is getting too old, Navas is not a top-tier goalkeeper - whatever part of the team you choose to criticise, evidence supporting your case could be found this season.

"We are only in the final", Zidane said. "We deserve to be in the final, we've won, with difficulty as it should be, but you can't reduce what we've done down to the topic of refereeing", Zidane further added.

And when you win, it feels even better, although it's not too good for your heart."Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus almost pulled off in the quarter-finals before Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty.But the hosts reacted quicker this time, with Karim Benzema equalising early in the first-half and scoring again just after half-time after an embarrassing mistake by Ulreich when he allowed a back pass into the area to go underneath him".

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.

"Is it a penalty then?" came the reply, before Marcelo answered: "If it hit my hand, then I think so, yes".

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"During the course of your career, you have your ups and downs, but they've shown that they can be relied upon at key times".

And were if not for a "blackout" moment by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes would now be preparing for a swansong final. The Reds also beat Real in the 1981 final when Alan Kennedy scored the victor.

"It was a very hard match", Navas said.

"I told the boys just now that I have not seen Bayern play like tonight in the past few years". In the first half we did well and scored some good goals.

"It was a fantastic game, we invested everything in our performance but we did not do everything right, we lacked a bit of luck, especially in the box". We are writing history like everyone else has done before us.We are doing that.

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