Zinedine Zidane praised Real Madrid's fightback following 3-1 win against Napoli
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 2:07
"I'd have to change 11 players and even that wouldn't work, because I am incapable of playing like that".
"It's a bit messed up, but we equalised right away and got ourselves in the game".
Madrid came out on top, winning 3-1 on aggregate, before being knocked out by eventual winners PSV Eindhoven in the semi-final.
The visitors went ahead in the first half via a superb Lorenzo Insigne strike which caught Goalkeeper Keylor Navas sleeping.
Benzema has been under a little pressure of late following just one goal Madrid's last nine La Liga matches, but the 28-year-old has an affinity with the Champions League and often saves his best performance for this competiton.
Napoli started the second half on the front foot but Kroos made it 2-1 four minutes after the restart by steering a first-time shot past Reina from Ronaldo's inch-perfect right-wing cross.
"It's important that we overcame a great team, but our lead isn't enough for the return leg". Real Madrid are the world champions, a team with 18 phenomenal players in their squad, (but) I did not see such a huge difference as the result would suggest.
Just five minutes later, Karim Benzema met Dani Carvajal's right-wing cross with a close-range header to level things up.
In the following 30 minutes Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo then guided Madrid to a hard-fought 4-1 win and their 10th European crown. Casemiro sealed the victory with his perfectly struck volley from outside the area in the 54th, hitting the far corner.
"There is still a lot left to do", Casemiro said. Madrid did not complete very good performances with that new formation and they should be capable of performing well again now that Zidane has deployed his trademark lineup on the pitch. He is the Champions League's leading scorer with 95, two more than Messi.