What next for Atletico Madrid?

Atletico had threatened an incredible comeback, Saul Niguez's powerful header and Antoine Griezmann's penalty inside 16 minutes cutting Real's aggregate lead to a solitary goal.

Zinedine Zidane says he "became a man" at Juventus and believes that Real Madrid are "absolutely not the favourites" when the two clubs meet in the Champions League final.

In April, Radio Station Cadena Cope said our €50m bid for the winger had been rejected, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of fee Madrid would find acceptable if they do sell Asensio. "The players are very good, both those who play more and less often".

A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final. The first 30, 35 minutes we played will remain in the fans' memory for a long time.

Real Madrid will now hope to defend their Champions League title when they take on Juventus in the summit showdown on June 4. "It's not hard for us to go out and say thank you, because, at the end of the day, everything we do is for them".

That was until Karim Benzema somehow evaded three Rojiblanco defenders before Isco grabbed what was a crucial away goal. They have battled tremendously, but when faced with Real in four separate Champions League ties across as many seasons, Atletico have fallen just short on each occasion. The players returned from the changing rooms several minutes after the game to greet the fans.

It was the final European game at the Calderon before Atletico moves into a new venue next season.

"After the game I asked Benzema how he was able to do that, but he didn't know either", Zidane said.

Preparations for the game were rocked on Monday by the news that French left back Theo Hernandez, who is on loan at Alaves from Atletico, travelled to Madrid to undergo a medical with Real Madrid.

"We have all won tonight [Wednesday], we have taken another step in belief".

"It's a shame we can't clone players like Godin or Gabi, as they give their life to this club". "If you try to analyze the situation that we have in front of us, and the things that we need to do to keep improving, I think we certainly can achieve these things. They scored from a corner, in which we weren't as alert, and then from a penalty", Zidane said. Some people thought we were messing around but we weren't.

He told Real's website: "We knew we were going to suffer, especially at the beginning".

  • Julie Sanders