Real Madrid's defence has "no substance", slams Arrigo Sacchi

"We have four games left", Zidane said on Saturday in reference to the three Liga matches and the Champions League showpiece against Juventus. "This is Real Madrid's seventh consecutive semi-final".

This time it looked his absence was only a precautionary measure as Varane returned to action days later to play the second leg of the semi-finals against Atletico Madrid which saw Real Madrid make the final with a 4-2 on aggregate.

Iniesta, a four-time victor of the trophy, says his interest is minimal given that he will not be involved but accepts Juve and Madrid deserve their shot at glory.

Finally, on playing Juventus in the Champions League final, Benzema added: "We know what Juventus are like".

Sevilla have won just three of their last 12 games, stumbling towards fourth place and the final Champions League berth.

"At the moment Gareth is recovering ... we have time before the final".

The crucial away goal effectively killed the tie as Real Madrid now seek to write themselves into the history books by defending the Champions League title. Expect Los Blancos to take another step toward the Liga title with a solid win at home.

'I hope he's ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything.

"They started strongly but eventually we were able to find our game", Zidane said.

Ramos and Higuain were team-mates at the Bernabeu for six seasons, during which time they helped Real win three LaLiga titles, but they will be on opposing sides at the Millennium Stadium and the Spain worldwide has assured no quarter will be given.

"In fact he already is, and I'm sure he will keep up his good work at Real Madrid".

The Costa Rican then got down low to his right to turn behind Griezmann's low volley and Gameiro failed to turn home another great opportunity from point-blank range.

"It's up there with the most complete squads we've had", said Sergio Ramos yesterday. Real Madrid take on Juventus in the final at Cardiff on June 3.

"We're working well and are going to try to be in the best possible shape for when the final comes along as we now focus on LaLiga".

Benzema sped into the area after clearing the defenders and sent a backward pass to Toni Kroos, whose shot was initially saved by goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Sevilla haven't won at the Bernabeu since 2008, but are one of just three sides to have beaten them already in the league this season.

Real Madrid are close to achieve another historical season.

  • Julie Sanders