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There was never any sense he would miss when confronted with Alisson Becker after Roberto Firmino's early pass; he duly converted the goal that sent Liverpool on their way, his ninth of this Champions League season, and was at times electric thereafter when leading rapid counters. According to Zizou, as he is fondly called,"We are still only in the final".

"We still needed a third goal", the defender said. We were unlucky with their first goal but overall we have to be happy with what we have done over the two legs.

"It's an incredible achievement, third year on the spin reaching the final, but it was desperate at times".

That's not normal. Now, what we have to do is try to win.

Benzema had also shouldered a lot of blame for the team's disastrous domestic campaign, which has seen saw them fall 15 points behind Liga champions Barcelona and below second-placed local rivals Atletico Madrid in the standings.

"Isco trained with the team for some of the session before training alone on the pitch", the club's website said.

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The Merseyside membership gained the European Cup 4 instances of their heyday of the 1970s and 1980s however their Champions League triumph of 2005 bucked a pattern of underperformance by the membership on the very highest degree during the last couple of a long time. We are writing history like everyone else has done before us.We are doing that.

"We know things are going to be hard, Madrid are used to very important games but so are we".

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has called upon referee Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey to be "fair and just" in the face of pressure from Real Madrid and the Bernabeu crowd as they prepare for their Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday. I always will. It's not only Karim. I am not the only one working.

The back-to-back Champions League winners know what it takes to win the competition, but the main question that will be raised in Kiev is whether they will be on top of their game from start to finish.

So no, Real's players weren't out on their home patch advertising to the world they had done it again, they were simply broadcasting a message to their fans about fighting for the trophy once again.

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