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Real Madrid Cruise Into Champions League Final Despite Atletico Defeat

A fifth ballon d'Or for Cristiano Ronaldo seems quite likely No one can stop Ronaldo from winning the Ballon d'Or again this year
Montrelle Montesinos | 11 May, 2017, 10:11

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Mariano will miss the game, with the first two being still on the sidelines and working to recover in time for a possible final with Juventus. "It is a club that also gave me everything", said Zidane.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted he was not downhearted by Atletico's superb start.

Both of their previous finals ended in victories against Atletico, while they also knocked their city rivals out in the 2015 quarter-finals.

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick already has Real in pole position and just about out of sight in the tie, leading 3-0 after their home leg at the Bernabeu.

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.

The chances of "Atletico" miserable, need to win back the three goals that the current reality is nearly impossible. "We know the path is long and hard and that they deserve to be there and I think we do too".

"They played well, but we have more experience".

Atletico is trying to avoid losing to Madrid for the fourth straight season in the Champions League.

Real looked to continue their control of midfield in the second half and Atletico coach Diego Simeone responded with a double change replacing Torres and Gimenez with Thomas Partey and Kevin Gameiro.

"Tomorrow is another game and we have to prove ourselves".

Ramos though said: "This might be one of the most complete squads we have had, we have had numerous best players in the world over the years and it is no different now". Now I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life, and it will be a lovely final.

"It seems that we all grew up in Beverly Hills and with a lot of money", Ramos said on Tuesday.

Zidane, though, will not let any talk of a Vicente Calderon swansong or the prospect of a shock result cloud the thinking of his team, who have so far scored in 60 consecutive games.

"The atmosphere was one of those magical moments in the Calderon that will live in people's memories forever". For years their success has been built from their defensive unit, and there are not many sides that have been able to breach them when they play at their top level, let alone three times in one game.