Simeone proud of players despite defeat

Owen Stevens
May 12, 2017

They play Juventus at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on June 3, where Madrid could become the first side to successfully defend the Champions League.

An English side has not won the Champions League since Chelsea's success in 2011/12, with the Premier League failing to have a representative in the final since that victory at the Allianz Arena.

Zidane, a former Juventus midfielder, said after the 2-1 loss to Atleti, "It is something special for sure. It is a club that also gave me everything", he said. "But I'm with Real Madrid, another club of my life".

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

Despite allowing Barcelona to somehow make a fist of a La Liga title challenge, the 2016/17 campaign has gone swimmingly for Real Madrid.

Isco's goal came about after a quite brilliant piece of skill from Karim Benzema that left three Atletico defenders for dead to the left of the penalty area.

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"They have been lucky enough to score both goals, but we knew that if we made a goal we would kill them, we have more experience, but they have played very well".

The game ended in the middle of a tremendous thunderstorm and despite their side's exit, the home fans cheered their players off the pitch. He helped turn Atletico into a contender after he arrived in 2012 by instilling a team-first attitude and establishing a fierce defensive scheme based on high intensity.

"I'm happy as the coach as it means that what I'm doing, I'm doing well, but this squad have all been phenomenal", Zidane said.

He's recovering and there's time for him to be ready for the final.

"At the moment Gareth is recovering ... we have time before the final".

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

Atletico manager Diego insisted he was proud of his players, despite defeat. We haven't won anything yet, but we've taken a significant step.

With Atletico winning 2-0 and close to overturning the 3-0 loss from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Benzema showed why he remains one of the best strikers in the world.

That's one way to suck the atmosphere out of the Vicente Calderon.

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