Zidane, Ready to Make History with Real Madrid

"We're going to have time to prepare for the final but we can say that we're happy for what we've done".

Atletico will face Bayern Munich, Liverpool and a club still to be named - reportedly AC Milan - on August 1 and 2, it was confirmed on Friday. Then, of course, previous year Milan's San Siro played host to their penalty shootout victory over Atletico.

"I hope we will have him back before then, it is better that he plays a little bit".

"It was hard to maintain that same rhythm, and against a team like Madrid your first mistake will be costly, and that's what happened", Simeone said.

Bayern Munich were left aggrieved by some bad officiating in the second leg as Real Madrid reached the last four thanks to Ronaldo's hat-trick. The last time the Old Lady made the final was two seasons ago, when they lost out to Barcelona.

"The first thing would be to clone some of our players", he said.

Since the European Cup became the Champions League in 1992, Real Madrid have a 100% success rate in Champions League finals.

'I hope he's ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything.

Atletico is close to securing third place in the Spanish league this season, which would guarantee its return to the Champions League.

Ramos said: "Not only do they have Alves, they also have Pipa (Higuain), (Mario) Mandzukic, (Giorgio) Chiellini....sparks are going to fly". They trust him and he got control of the dressing room.

Real Madrid's mentor, Zinedine Zidane, once played for Juventus but later in 2001 joined Real.

Benzema produced a moment of magic in the build-up to Madrid's goal, skipping beyond three Atleti defenders in a confined space before cutting the ball back to Toni Kroos, who saw a shot saved by Jan Oblak before Isco turned in the rebound.

The goal allowed Madrid to match Bayern Munich's record of 61 consecutive games scoring at least one goal in all competitions, a feat the German club achieved from 2013-14. Madrid's focus has always been the Champions League.

Some fans pointed out the inconsistencies in the FFF's attitude, however, noting Alexandre Lacazette, whose last appearance for his country came just three days after Benzema's, had been congratulated for Lyon's Europa League win over Roma earlier this season.

It took them 12 long years to win the prestigious accolade again as they defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in Berlin.

  • Rogelio Becker