In the latest Real Madrid news, coach Zinedine Zidane has claimed the Champions League is in the DNA of the club after reaching a third successive final.
Los Blancos had to ride their luck to overcome Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Tuesday night, holding out for a 2-2 draw on the night to advance 4-3 on aggregate.
Real enjoyed their fair share of good fortune throughout the tie, particularly for their second goal at the Bernabeu when Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich’s mistake gifted Karim Benzema a tap-in.
The focus for the defending champions now turns to this month’s final in Kiev with Real the 8/11 favourite with Paddy Power to retain the Champions League for a third straight season.
Having made Champions League history when winning back-to-back titles last season, Zidane’s men are looking for an historic treble which would move the club on to 13 European crowns overall.
Zidane says European competition has already brought the best out of Real Madrid and is delighted to be on the verge of writing yet another chapter in the club’s decorated history books.
“It’s in the DNA of the club. We never stop fighting up to the very last minute, just as the Bayern players did tonight,” said Zidane.
“This is our third final but we suffered a lot. At the end, we were strong and we lived with the pressure. We don’t give up and when you see Bayern’s desire, we never gave up because we wanted the win. Even if they played better, our desire was bigger.
“We’ve won nothing yet – we’re in the final, that’s all. It’s not normal to get to three finals in a row but as we’re there we need to try and win it. We’ll do everything we can in order to defend our title. To get there is great.”
The Champions League offers Real their last shot at silverware this season with Barcelona having already claimed the league title and Copa Del Rey.
The two great rivals of Spanish football meet in the second El Clasico of the season on Sunday, Barca having won 3-0 at the Bernabeu in December.