Real Madrid were never afraid of Atletico comeback, insists Marcelo

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate. The price for a home win does not exactly appeal as much as for a Real Madrid victory and both teams to score is available at a more temping 9/10 (1.90) .

Real Madrid appeared relaxed as they readied themselves for Sunday's crucial match against Sevilla.

Real Madrid is Atleti's big, mean older brother who's smart enough to give the little guy a little hope before ripping his heart out.

The 11-times European champions, who were playing in their seventh consecutive semi-final and targetting a 15th final berth, waited for Atletico to run out of steam and Isco delivered a knockout blow before half-time to make it 2-1, putting them 4-2 up on aggregate.

Former Liverpool and Real midfielder McManaman, who won two Champions League trophies with the Spanish side, took issue with Ferdinand's use of the work "transition", and questioned why this is repeatedly used as an excuse for English sides failing in Europe.

"I did not think he could do it", Zidane said with a smile.

"I'm proud of the team, we've showed desire, character, and today, in what was a tough situation, we really saw how calm we can be".

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"We knew they would start very strongly", said Ronaldo. Atletico also lost the final in 1974, to Bayern Munich.

Atletico kept its hopes alive on Wednesday by scoring two early goals to ignite the crowd at the packed Calderon.

Madrid sit second to Barcelona in LaLiga due to an inferior head-to-head record, but Zidane's side possess a game in hand which they play against Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

"Now, though, I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life and it will be a great final".

Atletico trailed 0-3 from the first leg, and looked unlikely to overturn the deficit and deny their rich neighbours the chance of repeating their 1998 meeting with Juventus.

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.

However, the Frenchman has consistently recognised his loyalty to Simeone for turning him into one of the world's best players and only he will be able to convince Griezmann into staying for another season.

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