James hungry to avenge Real Madrid loss

Posted May 07, 2018

Another player who redeemed himself on Tuesday was goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who had been criticized by some Madrid fans after his mistake in the second leg of the quarterfinals against Juventus almost cost his team the spot in the semis.

Gerrard believes Liverpool, who hold a 5-2 advantage over Roma after the first leg of their last-four tie, would not be daunted by the prospect of playing Zinedine Zidane's team, who are now third in La Liga and struggled at times against Bayern.

Despite their 2-1 loss in the first leg in Munich, Bayern Munich played a great game against the home team, Real Madrid, and they needed just one more goal to reach the final. "We will do everything possible, to fight, to defend our title at any cost, but it's nice to get to the final for the third time in a row".

There is a sense Kimmich is wasted at right-back and he showed his goalscoring instincts for the second time in the semifinals when he put Bayern ahead early on at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid is having little to play for in the La Liga after Barcelona has wrapped up the La Liga title with 4 games to go and Zidane is keen on not dropping his players to the bench for the fact that the La Liga is gone. "I'm sorry for my team and for you fans".

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Despite the Germans' effort to shake their rivals' net, Benzema exploited the goalkeeper's fault just a few seconds after the second half-time to score the second goal for Real Madrid.

"The referee did a good job, we didn't lose because of him", said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.

"We really wanted to go to the final, we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened - I can not explain it".

"It's a handball, it hit me on the hand and it's a penalty", Marcelo said.

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"It was a ideal night for me and for everyone", Benzema said.

"I don't talk about referees, but it's clear that sometimes they go in your favour and other times against you, but whatever happens, you have to play football".

Benzema's two goals were also credit to Zidane, who had picked the striker despite a poor run of form that had included only one goal in 12 games.

"After the Club World Cup, it wasn't important for them to give us a guard of honour", he added. "That is the soul of this team", he said.

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