Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane thrilled with Juventus final in Champions League

Real Madrid are all set to offer their manager, Zinedine Zidane, a contract extension at the end of this season, according to a report in Spanish daily, Marca.

Real Madrids Isco (right) celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, on Wednesday. "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". When they leave the ramshackle, rusting but beloved Calderon, however, they will take a step closer to being like Real, one of Europe's super-clubs with a state-of-the-art stadium to match.

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.

Here, AFP sports looks at five key issues facing Atletico if they are to compete once more for their first ever Champions League next season.

The furthest an English side progressed in the Champions League this season was Leicester, who reached the quarter-finals.

Regardless of the loss, Atletico manager Diego Simeone was justifiably proud of his side given their defiant performance, and former Champions League victor Ferdinand admitted that their display - along wioth Real's emphatic first-leg victory - showed just how far ahead of the Premier League's best that Spain's elite were. In the second half we found our game.

However, Atletico's players went a long way towards making amends for their meek display in the first leg eight days ago in a thrilling opening.

"This is Real Madrid's seventh consecutive semi-final". "I hope they keep supporting us because they help our game".

Benzema wriggled out of a seemingly impossible situation surrounded by three Atletico defenders and crossed for Toni Kroos, whose initial effort was blocked by Oblak before Isco shot home the rebound.

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. "Tomorrow we have to reflect on how huge an achievement this is after spending 11 years without playing the final".

  • Julie Sanders