Champions League final reaction

Europe's media reflect on Saturday's remarkable decider.

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by UEFA.com newsdesk - 19/05/2014
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Real Madrid CF boss Carlo Ancelotti reveals that Pepe and Karim Benzema are the "only two players who are still doubtful for the final".

 

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Club Atlético de Madrid have injury concerns of their own, but Ancelotti is too savvy to fall victim to complacency...

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Carlo Ancelotti makes no secret of his most valued possessions... 

"[Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Gareth] Bale will play [in the UEFA Champions League final] and that's the most important thing. Bale has had a good season despite the problems he suffered at the beginning. He has made a great impact," the Italian explained. "He has helped us a lot this season and is in fantastic shape."

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Speaking at the media gathering in Madrid, winger Gareth Bale showed no signs of trepidation ahead of his first UEFA Champions League final.


I'm very exciting [about playing in my first UEFA Champions League final]. These are the reasons why you come to Real Madrid, to play in the biggest finals in the world and try to win trophy. I'm looking forward to it the same as everyone else.

It's normal for players to have a bit of rest during the week. It would be a dream come true to win it, not just for me but for everyone here. Everyone plays football to win trophies and it doesn't come bigger in club football than the UEFA Champions League.

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Over a decade has passed since Real Madrid CF overcame Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Hampden Park but the memory of that triumph and Zinédine Zidane's sublime goal are etched into the mind of defender Sergio Ramos. "Champions League finals are games that everyone watches," the Spanish international said. "I cannot forget the last final won by Real Madrid and Zizou's amazing goal. He was always capable of that kind of magic."

Turning his attention to Saturday's showpiece, the 28-year-old billed Club Atlético de Madrid as pre-match favourites. "They have just won the league and deservedly so. They have reached this final on merit and in my opinion they are favourites to win," Ramos explained. "They are a physical side who make very few mistakes."

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Real Madrid CF full-back Daniel Carvajal was a bundle of energy as he set the tone for this week's all-Spanish UEFA Champions League showdown in Lisbon...


It's very special to know that you're only a few days away from a Champions League final and I hope to have the fortune to experience it on the pitch. I am very excited. I think it's going to be a very similar match to the others that we have played against Atlético this season. It will be an even match, with a lot of tension and small details will decide the result.

The pressure is the same for both teams. For us, it would be our tenth European Cup, and for Atlético it would be the first, and that is always a huge thrill. I don't know if I'm starting until the day but if I am lucky enough to start it would be a great feeling. I want the game to start so I can relax!

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Arguably the news of the day for all associated with Real Madrid CF is confirmation of Cristiano Ronaldo's availability for Saturday. The 29-year-old started running today after being laid low by a hamstring injury.


The final is in my country, and a lot of Portuguese people will support us, because Pepe, Fábio Coentrão and me are at Real Madrid. This is my first UEFA Champions League final with Real Madrid and obviously I'm very excited. I don't see any difference compared to my previous finals. The players are relaxed, we are working well. Portugal is the country where I grew up and lived, and Lisbon is a very special city.

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  • Trailing after 93 minutes, Real Madrid CF recovered to force Club Atlético de Madrid into extra time before sealing a 4-1 victory and fulfilling their Décima dream.
  • VIDEO: Captain Iker Casillas, man of the match Ángel Di María and Gareth Bale, scorer of Madrid's crucial second goal, all joined UEFA.com with the trophy.
  • Diego Godín and Filipe Luís spoke of their pride amid profound sadness after Atlético's dramatic defeat.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is top scorer for the second season running and third overall, his penalty taking him to 17 goals and a new mark for a single campaign.
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Competition statistics

Matches played: 125

Goals scored
362 Total
2.9 Match average
Total attempts
3144 Total
25.15 Match average
on target
1861 Total
14.89 Match average
off target
1282 Total
10.26 Match average
blocked
629 Total
5.03 Match average
against woodwork
84 Total
0.67 Match average
Corners
1260 Total
10.08 Match average
Offsides
547 Total
4.38 Match average
Yellow cards
525 Total
4.2 Match average
Red Cards
27 Total
0.22 Match average
Fouls committed
3448 Total
27.58 Match average
Fouls suffered
3278 Total
26.22 Match average
Passes
144958 Total
1159.66 Match average
completed
109141 Total
873.13 Match average
Last updated: 24/07/2014 22:11 CET
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