Real Madrid vs. Juventus in the Champions League final

Real Madrid vs. Juventus in the Champions League final

Real Madrid vs. Juventus in the Champions League final

Atletico roared into a two-goal lead in the semifinal second leg with a Saul Niguez header and Antoine Griezmann's penalty, but Isco notched one in the 42nd minute for Real, which saw out the game calmly to lose 2-1 on the night and ease into the final. "It's clear that the hearts of some of these players we have are so big that they transmit passion to their teammates and push them in the moments of difficulty and in the complex situations of a match".

He added: "We gave everything, and have spent six years giving our lives".

Ricardo Carvalho has praised Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, saying the Frenchman has already secured his standing as a "great coach". But we can only think about tomorrow's game, which is the first of three.

Real Madrid were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

That was until Karim Benzema somehow evaded three Rojiblanco defenders before Isco grabbed what was a crucial away goal. We're in the Champions League final and we're doing well in La Liga, we haven't won anything just yet.

"I am happy and proud that once again we have shown why we are competing at the top level just behind Real Madrid and Barcelona", said the Argentine.

"We are very focused on this game, we know it will not be easy", Dybala said.

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The duo played alongside each other at Sevilla before becoming rivals when Alves moved to Real's great adversaries Barcelona.

Despite the disappointment of bowing out to Real once more, Atletico boss Diego Simeone beamed with pride at his side's performance.

Real now takes on Juventus in the finals.

Despite their 1-2 defeat in the semi-final return leg to Atletico Madrid, Real booked their place in the final, which will be played on June 3 in Cardiff. I didn't expect that, we were talking after the game and I asked him how he went out and he didn't know either.

Indeed, Madrid could afford to draw on Sunday and be crowned champions with wins in their final two games of the season although they would be hoping to avoid such a result.

Madrid's players returned to the Calderon pitch 15 minutes after the final whistle, diving together across the slippy surface towards their own crowd high in one corner of the Estadio Vicente Calderon before unused substitute Nacho spread a Madrid flag on the ground.

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