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Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3 in Cardiff, Wales.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TICKETS: REAL MADRID v LIVERPOOL

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Real Madrid face Premier League giant side Liverpool in Saturday's Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev (kick-off 19:45 BST). Super aggressive Real have won the competition 3 times in the past 4 seasons, while Liverpool FC enjoyed their last European victory in 2005. The Champions League final promises to be a rare and mouth-watering meeting of outstanding giant clubs that will surely live up to its billing as the top event in European football. Real Madrid and Liverpool have 17 European Cups between them - however, Liverpool’s stellar total of five titles is dwarfed by the Spanish club’s twelve.

Titan Spain La Liga club and 12 times Champions League winners Real Madrid have earned their spot in a third consecutive Champions League final, and they have the chance to do something historic if Los Blancos win the competition for three successive seasons. The last club to win the Champions League final three times in a row was Bayern Munich between 1974-1976. Notably, Real won the European league trophy in its first 5 years, 1956-1960 when it was known as the European Cup.

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Teammates, fans, and coaches are once again counting on Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 2 goals in last year's 4-1 Champions League 2017 final victory against giant German Bundesliga club Juventus. And in 2016, CR7 netted the winning penalty in the shootout against Spanish La Liga arch-rivals Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo scored the winner in extra-time against opponents Atletico Madrid in 2014.

As a result, Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane believes his star forward Ronaldo will have the "most possible" influence as a key footballer in the final, saying the Portugal international "is the best so it will be the maximum".

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Cristiano Ronaldo who won the "Man of the Match" in 2017 is confident and fired up to make history going into the Champions League final again.

"We can make history if we win 3 Champions Leagues in a row, but we're not looking at it like that," said Ronaldo. "I am keeping the faith, I feel good about it. These finals are always special occasions. We need to respect Liverpool. They deserve their place in the final. They remind me of the Real Madrid of days gone by, with fast, pacey forwards. I think we are better, but of course, you always have to respect your rivals."

Real Madrid’s German midfielder Toni Kroos talked about his side’s driven opponents from the English Premier League.

"Liverpool will have 11 players running like wild animals, they will be driven for the full 90 minutes and they'll be playing at 100% or more if possible. Their front line is impressive but they have a good defense and a solid midfield. Being favorites does not mean anything."

Twenty-eight-year-old Gareth Bale became the world's most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for £85m in 2013. Real Madrid’s popular Welsh forward Bale says reaching a fourth Champions League final has "blown any expectations I had out of the water". Bale featured in the recent Real Champions League triumphs, also winning the Spain La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

"This is history," said Bale. "I came to this great club to win titles and it is going to be a special day. I feel great, I am ready for the final. Last year we got our second Champions League in a row and now we want more. We know this is no mean feat, we are up against a determined side. I think I am on fine form physically. I never imagined playing in so many finals. I have played in three and this could be a fourth win, it has blown any expectations I had out of the water."

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

French manager Zinedine Zidane has to decide whether or not Bale will start in the final on Saturday after the Wales international's 5 goals in his past 4 starts.

"He is playing very well, he has scored many goals recently," said Zidane. "Not only that but he has been very consistent. He has not played so much, but the last three games he has played he has played well."

Manager Zidane included every first-team player on the squad list. He will make his final list at game time, given that only seven players are allowed on the bench.

Real Madrid Squad for Champions League Final

Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla, Luca.

Defenders: Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Vallejo, Achraf.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, Llorente, Kovacic.

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mayoral.

Liverpool Training Session And Press Conference

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool manager

Liverpool update

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side's "desire, attitude and work-rate" will help them to defeat "experienced" 12-time European champions Real Madrid. Five-time winners Liverpool face the Spanish giants, who are attempting to win their third straight Champions League, in Saturday's final in Kiev. The Reds fought hard throughout the season and won a spot in the Champions League final for the first time since 2007. Klopp has told his side to be "brave" and play in the same way they did when they defeated current 2017-2018 English Premier League champions Man City in the quarter-finals and Roma in the semi-finals.

"Real Madrid are more experienced," said Reds boss Klopp. "Experience is important in life, but it is not the only thing. You can level it with desire, attitude, and work-rate, and that is why I love football. We will try in a very positive way to show the boys why it makes so much sense to be really brave. It was not easy to be brave against Manchester City, it was not easy to be brave against Roma. But the boys did it."

And of course Jurgen Klopp is counting on the performance of the Premier League’s top goal scorer this season, Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is reportedly valued at £148m by CIES Football Observatory, £54m more than four-time Champions League winner Ronaldo.

Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Joel Matip are ruled out of the Champions League final. German midfielder Emre Can, who has missed the past two months with a back injury, trained with the rest of the squad at Anfield on Monday. Klopp was cautious about Can being involved in the final.

"It depends always on the reaction. But let me put it this way, 10 days ago I didn't think it is possible he could do what he did today. It looked good. It was really positive but we have to wait. The door is open - he is really desperate to be a part. We shall see."

James Milner, who missed the final Premier League game of the season against Brighton, also trained. Former Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, who has previously won the Champions League with both Liverpool and Real Madrid, is betting on the Reds to win.

"I think that to win, Liverpool will have to play an almost perfect match and will have to prepare everything in every detail, analysing all the strengths and weaknesses of Madrid and how to tackle them. I don't think Madrid will change the way they play for Liverpool. I think they've had a very specific way of playing in recent years, and the players know how to orchestrate it very well. In fact, it's in the big games that they're the best, and I'm sure we'll see a great Real Madrid in the final."

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

About Real Madrid C.F.

Millions of fans around the world believe that Real Madrid, the Royal club of Europe, is the best European football club of this century. Real Madrid Club de Fútbol was founded on 1902 March 6 as Madrid Football Club. Now known as Los Blancos, Los Merengues, Los Vikingos, Los Galacticos, or simply Real, the amazing and talented Spanish side has continued to improve year after year to emerge as arguably the most successful football club in the world with a side that includes many highly paid superstars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Xabi Alonso, and more.

Champions League Final 2017: Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid

In June 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo added another two to his remarkable tally of Champions League goals as Real Madrid ran out comfortable winners against Juventus to secure the Duodecima while Juve lost the fourth Champions League finals they’ve contested. Real Madrid became the Kings of Europe - the first team to retain the title since AC Milan 27 years ago. They’ve now won three of the last four Champions League titles and are going for a historic four Champions League trophies in five years - five in a row in the most important competition of the European club football calendar!

Goals:

Real Madrid: (Ronaldo 20), (Casemiro 61), (Cristiano Ronaldo 64), (Marco Asensio 90)
Juventus: (Mario Mandzukic 27)

Squads for Juventus v Real Madrid
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alves, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain. Subs: Neto, Benatia, Lichsteiner, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Lemina, Asamoah

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Kroos, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Kovacic, Asensio, Morata, Danilo

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Los Blancos nicknames

Portuguese Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, known affectionately by fans and the media as “CR7”, has a nickname inside the locker rooms, "Máquina" ("Machine"). Ronaldo’s teammate Pepe is "Pepinho" and Ricardo Carvalho is the "Abuelo" ("Grandfather") of the team. Real Madrid’s, Mesut Ozil is called "Nemo" because of his bulging eyes. Ozil teammates reportedly joke with him by saying he has such a great vision when playing because of his big eyes. Khedira's nickname is "Sami". Argentinian Di Maria is nicknamed "Angelito", from his first name "Angel". Gonzalo Higuain is nicknamed "Pipa". Fernando Gago is called "Fer" in the locker room. The Spanish captain, Iker Casillas has a couple of nicknames - "Capi" and "Culote". Sergio Ramos nickname is "Cuqui", which has origins on the famous cookies. Raul Albiol is known as "Chori" ("Chorizo"), for "pudding" in Spanish. Arbeloa is "Robocop", and Xabi Alonso is called "Señor", which means "Sir" in English. Esteban Granero is known as the "Pirata" ("Pirate"), but some teammates also call him the "Bohemio" ("Bohemian") because of his retro tastes. Pedro Léon is the "Tomate" ("Tomato"), in homage to Murcia, his homeland. The youngest player on the squad, Sergio Canales, is called "Niño" ("Kid"). Marcelo’s nickname is "El Loco" ("The Crazy"), while Kaká is simply "Ricky", which is also a diminutive for his first name, Ricardo. French football player Adebayor. Diarra is known as "Lass", the diminutive for hist first name "Lassana" and Karim Benzema is "Monsieur", which means "Sir" in English. Adebayor was the last to arrive to Real Madrid but he already collects nicknames inside the locker room. Sergio Ramos likes to call Adebayor "Manolito", but he's also known as the "Avatar" or "Adenabor".

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Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Real Madrid football players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final against Juventus!

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

   

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

Performance in the European Cup / UEFA Champions League by club

Real Madrid has won the most Champions League titles in the tournaments history - twelve!

Club, League, Winners, Runners-up, Years won, Years runner-up
Real Madrid, Spain La Liga,12, 3, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017; 1962, 1964, 1981
Milan, Italy Serie A, 7, 4, 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007; 1958, 1993, 1995, 2005
Bayern Munich, Germany Bundesliga, 5, 5, 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013; 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012
Barcelona, Spain La Liga, 5, 3, 1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015; 1961, 1986, 1994
Liverpool, England Premier League, 5, 2, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005; 1985, 2007
Ajax, Netherlands, 4, 2, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1995; 1969, 1996
Manchester United, England Premier League, 3, 2, 1968, 1999, 2008; 2009, 2011

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Real Madrid Training Session and Press Conference

Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Gareth Bale (R) listen to Zinedine Zidane manager of Real Madrid.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Mighty La Liga giant club Real Madrid face Liverpool Fc in 2018 Champions League Final


The road to Kiev is set for thousands of avid Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who are attending Saturday's Champions League Final in Ukraine. Ahead of the battle to be named "Kings of Europe", Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane talked with the press today at Real Madrid City at Open Media Day. Zidane spoke candidly about his side’s upcoming Champions League final with Liverpool in Kiev. Top, last minute, 150% guaranteed football tickets for the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool are still for sale securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

 

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“I don't know how much our rivals want this, but what I can assure you of is the desire that this club has, it never goes away. No one can say we don't have that same hunger. We're Real Madrid and that is what we're about. We always strive for more and we will give it our all,” said Whites coach Zidane. “Our experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it.”


Zidane was asked if his men want the Champions League trophy as much as Liverpool do.

 

“Real Madrid always look to win, but you can't always count on it. The important thing for us is to show our drive and ensure we don't slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve. We are ready for the game. How can anyone think we have less hunger than our rivals? That is not true. They are going to throw everything at us and we know that. They had a great season and things can get tricky at any time. There are no surprises and both teams know each other really well. They are a good team, they made it to the final and they deserve to be here just like us. We must prepare for the game, look at our opponent’s flaws and try to hurt them. It is one match and we are both playing away from home. We are ready and experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it. It's a final. We both want to win the trophy. Winning last year is irrelevant and so is the fact they have not reached the final for 11 years. We want to see a great football match and we are going to give it everything. It is always like that.”

Real Madrid UEFA Open Media Day

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

“It is brilliant just to get to the final itself because it is never easy. Winning two Champions League finals was spectacular, we had to suffer. In the knockout stages, you have to play against the best in Europe and that has a certain important value, especially if you cast your memory back over the tough season we have had”, added Zidane. “We are in the final and we have four days to prepare for it. The hardest part is getting into the final. It has been complicated this year and winning away from home never means the tie is dead. This time we will fight to the death”.


Zidane talked about his experience as a manager and former footballer.


"I know how things work in the dressing room and sometimes the magic doesn’t happen if they do not get along. Perhaps you can still win trophies, but to win regularly you need a good, united dressing room. My players get along well. They work very well together and just that talent alone is not enough. Without hard work, you cannot win. They have that raw talent and also the work ethic. It is not simply that it is the third final in a row. I have a group of incredible players. When I was a player I did not what being on the bench was like, but it must be hard," said Zidane. “I spent 17 or 18 years as a player, worked with many coaches and some gifted players with the ego to match. I know very well how players think and that is important for a coach, but that's not the only thing. That will not win you games, you need grit and a philosophy."

 

"Tactically I'm not the best coach, the press say it themselves, but I have the drive and passion and that means a lot. It was much easier for me as a player,” continued Zidane. “You all know what I do well and badly. I am so passionate about football. Every now and then things give me a headache but that is the life of a coach. The people on the bench are also very important. The players that do not start cannot think they will not feature at all because from the bench my players can make a real difference and be the game changer. I want everyone switched on. That's why I am not saying now who plays because that can damage a footballer."

 

"I’ve been here for almost three years. There has not been a specific moment that stands out. If I have to highlight something it is the day to day work. If you look at how we work, despite the difficulties we’ve come across, we deliver, we have the enthusiasm needed and the desire to always give it our best. I always remain positive. My parents taught me that. If you think you're going to fail then you most likely will. You must always stay positive”.

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Zidane was asked about the fitness of “top dog” Cristiano Ronaldo, and about CR7’s relationship with Benzema.


“A player can go through some hard times, but when he does not score he does not get wound up. He knows that the next game he could maybe score two or three goals. That is what happened this year. That's what makes him the best. There are players that do not thrive under pressure but some do thrive. He is one of those that do. The more you criticize him, the more you should beware. I am a quiet person and in the end, it is better to have Cristiano Ronaldo by your side because he shows year in year out that he is top dog. He will be vital because he is the best there is”.

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid - La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo who won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017 said, “My motivation is still intact, I strive to get better every day.”

“I don't know what it is exactly, but I know these kinds of things don't happen all the time. You can get great players who do not link up well, but they do. When a group works hard and connects well it is a great thing. All of the work we do throughout the week is what fosters such a strong link,” said Zidane about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Benzema link.

Real Madrid v Sevilla - La Liga

Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid UEFA Open Media Day

Cristiano Ronaldo exercises with Real Madrid teammates under the guidance of their head coach Zinedine Zidane during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Valdebebas training ground on May 22, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Zidane was also asked about the fitness of Welshman Gareth Bale and his line-up.

“He is doing well, he scored plenty of goals and has found real continuity, especially in terms of regular training. He did well in the run-in, scoring goals and performing well,” said Zidane about Bale. "I'm not going to tell you. You’ll see soon enough. They can’t all play, some of my players are set and some are not going to play at all. That's the hardest thing: to reach the final and know that you're not going to get any game time. "

Ahead of the Champions League Final clash with Liverpool, Zidane talked about his respect for Liverpool boss Jergen Klopp.

“He is a great coach, he showed that at Dortmund and he continues to impress with Liverpool, which is paramount. I have loads of respect for him, he is an expert coach”.

   

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: BAYERN 1-2 REAL MADRID

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Club - La Liga

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo sets new Champions League record

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: BAYERN 1-2 REAL MADRID

Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich in semis first leg

Match Report

Champions League semi-finals: Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid

Bayern Munich goal: Kimmich (28' minutes)

Real Madrid goals: Marcelo (44' minutes), Asensio (57' minutes)

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side inflicted German champions Bayern Munich first home defeat of the season while winning 2-1 at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals tie moving towards a third successive Champions League crown. Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid a one-goal lead for the return leg at the Bernabeu after Joshua Kimmich's opener for Bayern. Marcelo's third Champions League goal of the campaign started Real's fightback.

"How do they do it?" said football analyst and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin. "They weren't brilliant - they have some incredible individual players. But you watch some other teams and you are blown away by them as a collective. But for Real there is nothing spectacularly special out there apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, maybe Marcelo, and the rest of them are very good players playing quite well. I really can't tell you how they do it. They survive with a bit of luck, Bayern had a load of chances, but Real somehow find a way."

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: "Real know how to get the job done. There's a ruggedness about them. And they have individuals who can turn games in an instant."

"I think if we had won 5-2, Real couldn't have had many complaints," said Bayern defender Niklas Sule.

Toni Kroos says Real's individual quality was key in the decisive points in the match.

"We have to be there at the important moments, we were," said the Germany international.

Real have lost twice in their Champions League campaign to date, a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in November then scraping through to an aggregate win in spite of a 3-1 reverse on home turf against Juventus in the last eight.

Next Bayern have to overturn a goal deficit to book a spot in the final against either Liverpool or Roma on 26 May. Bayern have fallen at the semi-finals in three of the past four seasons, and manager Jupp Heynckes was left wondering what might have been with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery all missing good chances.

"We had so many chances, it was strange. I've never seen us have so many chances in a semi-final, especially against a team like Real Madrid," he said. "We simply weren't clinical enough and we gifted Real their goals.”

Bayern were missing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defender David Alaba and midfielder Arturo Vidal, while center-back Jerome Boateng and winger Arjen Robben were forced off early.

"We want to do whatever it takes to put this result right next week. It's our duty. We didn't deserve to lose today, so I'm confident."

German football writer Archie Rhind-Tutt asked, "I would also ask how well Bayern are playing this season? They have won the Bundesliga by a country mile but have not really raised their level when they have had to win. I wonder how much of a difference that made tonight? The standard has dropped ever since Pep Guardiola left Bayern, in terms of the standards of their performances. If you talk to their fans, they would say that they have not seen the same football since he left. Bayern would play teams off the park for the entirety of games. They miss him."

Real Madrid vs. Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg

Squads

Bayern Munich

Ulreich, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Robben, Muller, Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski. Subs: Starke, Wagner, Sule, Thiago, Bernat, Rudy, Tolisso.

Real Madrid

Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Lucas, Ronaldo, Isco. Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Benzema, Bale, Hernandez, Asensio, Kovacic.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Oldenzaal)

Real Madrid vs. Juventus - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg

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REAL MADRID WIN SPANISH LA LIGA TITLE

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his side are crowned champions following the La Liga match between Malaga and Real Madrid at La Rosaleda Stadium 

REAL MADRID WIN SPANISH LA LIGA TITLE

Titan Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid edged out Barcelona to win 2018-17 Primera League title for the first time since 2012 to the delight of their worldwide supporters. Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years on Sunday and stopped rival Spanish giant club Barcelona from their third Primera Division championship in a row. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane's side secured its 33rd league title with a 2-0 win at Malaga with goals by superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

"To win the title in the last round feels that much better," Cristiano Ronaldo said. "We deserved it."

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates the third goal against RC Celta during the La Liga match, between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid at Estadio Balaidos in Vigo, Spain.

The last-round win put Real Madrid three points ahead of second-placed Barca, who rallied from being two goals behind to beat Eibar 4-2 at the Camp Nou. Madrid entered the final weekend needing only a draw to clinch its first title since 2012 and avoid its worst title drought since the 1980s.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Madrid early at Malaga, going past the goalkeeper before finding the open net, after a pass by Isco two minutes into the match at the Rosaleda Stadium. The crucial goal was Ronaldo's 14th in his last nine matches in all competitions.

While Barcelona was struggling in their clash with Eibar, Karim Benzema sealed the victory and the league title in the 55th minute from a rebound of a close-range shot by Sergio Ramos, giving Real Madrid its second league title in the last nine years.

It was the first league title for Real boss Zidane, the former France star who took over Madrid for his first head-coaching job less than 1 ½ years ago.

"It is very important to lift this trophy again after so many years without being able to win La Liga," said Zidane, who celebrated with his side after the final whistle. "I've won everything with this club, but this title is special. This is the happiest day in my professional career."

Victorious Madrid footballers wore shirts with the No. 33, referring to their 33rd title, as they celebrated on the pitch before heading back to Madrid to meet their fans. Madrid has already won the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season.

Real Madrid will next pursue its 3rd UEFA Champions League title in 4 seasons in their final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3. It would be Madrid's first double in the European competition and in La Liga in nearly sixty years.

At the Camp Nou, Japanese midfielder Takashi Inui scored twice for Eibar - in the 7th and 61st minutes. Barca came back with an own-goal by Eibar defender David Junca in the 63rd. Top goalscorer Luis Suarez equalized in the 73rd after Lionel Messi had missed a penalty kick a few minutes earlier. Lionel Messi who is the La Liga’s top goalscorer this season with 37 goals, converted another penalty in the 75th and closed the match scoring in injury time. Eibar played with only 10 men from the 74th after defender Ander Capa was sent off. It was Barcelona's last game at the Camp Nou under the leadership of manager Luis Enrique, who will leave Barca at the end of this season.

"I can't complain about our team," Luis Enrique said. "We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions."

"I can't complain about our team," Luis Enrique said. "We fought until the final minute and we never gave up. We have to congratulate the champions."

Atletico Madrid has played their last season at the Vicente Calderon after winning 19 titles during the 51 seasons the Vicente Calderon stadium was their home ground.  Atletico Madrid earned a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in a sentimental final game at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, which will be demolished tat the end of the season. Fernando Torres scored two important goals early in the first half and Angel Correa added the third in the second half as the hosts said goodbye to the stadium where it has played for the last 50 years. Next season Atletico will move into the Wanda Metropolitano, a modern 68,000-capacity stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

"It's hard to express our feelings after a day like today," Torres said. "We have a lot of memories here - a lot of things went through your mind. It's been 50 years of a lot of happiness in this venue. It was an honor to be part of it."

The nearly 55,000 fans who packed the Calderon stayed at the stadium long after the final whistle on Sunday as the team organized a series of tributes for the occasion. The Copa del Rey final last Saturday and an exhibition match involving former players officially closed the old venue

Barcelona won the Copa del Rey final 3-1 against Alaves last Saturday. Athletic Bilbao ended in 7th place after they lost to Atletico, ending up without one of the two spots for the Europa League next campaign. Villarreal secured 5th place with a 3-1 victory at Valencia, and Real Sociedad ended up in 6th after scoring late in a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo. Villarreal finished with 67 points, 3 more than Real Sociedad and 4 more than Athletic Madrid, who will still qualify for Europe's second-tier tournament after Barcelona beat Alaves in the Copa del Rey final. Third-placed Atletico had already qualified for the Champions League, along with fourth-placed Sevilla, which will have to go through a playoff to get into the competition's group stage.

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Team

MP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTS

 

1

 

Real Madrid

38

29

6

3

106

41

65

93

 
 

2

 

Barcelona

38

28

6

4

116

37

79

90

 
 

3

 

Atlético Madrid

38

23

9

6

70

27

43

78

 
 

4

 

Sevilla

38

21

9

8

69

49

20

72

 
 

5

 

Villarreal

38

19

10

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2017 Champions League Final

(Note: Real Madrid won 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Final - Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Los Blancos won historic Champions League title and trophy in a row.}

Real Madrid will compete v Juve in Champions League Final on Saturday, June 3.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty against Atletico Madrid last season in the 2016 Champions League Final.

“We're ready and we’ll have to work hard and try to give everything, as always”, said Real Madrid coach Zidane.

Zidane was speaking about the upcoming 2017 Champions League final. The Real Madrid coach highlighted that the game "will be special" because he formerly played for Italian Serie A giant club Juventus.

"Juventus are having a great season, but I’ll not talk about their strengths or their weaknesses. We know they are a great team and they’ve shown it. It will be a wonderful final between two teams that deserve to be there".

Champions League Final 2017 Juventus v Real Madrid Tickets Millenium Stadium - Cardiff, United Kingdom

Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after being crowned Spanish La Liga champions 

Zidane was interviewed about the upcoming clash with Juve and commented on the fact that no club has ever won the Champions League tournament and been named “King of Europe” for two years in a row. The boss was asked if winning two in a row to set an all-time record Is it an extra source of motivation?

“No, the motivation simply comes from the fact that we are playing another Champions League final. Something wonderful independently for us. It will be a tough final and we’ll have to work hard and try to find that extra energy to have a good performance. I think we'll be ready.

Zidane commented on the final against Atletico in Milan.

“Each final is different. It’s another final against a different team, in a different stadium and a different atmosphere. We know that we’ll have 90 minutes, maybe more, to try to win and that’s what we’ll try to do: give everything, as always. We’ll not change our way of doing things and we’ll see what happens,” continued Zidane.I’m happy to be the Real Madrid coach and to have had this opportunity. It's not an easy job but it's a passion for me. I’ve worked hard. I spent three or four years in preparing to become a coach. What we have achieved is due to the fact that we have wonderful players.”

Zidane was asked if he thought being holding champions made the Champions League tournament more difficult for Real Madrid this season.

“Yes, but it always is. When other teams play against Real Madrid it may be their biggest game of the year, added Zidane. “We know that and we’re used to it. We know what it means to be part of this club and maybe that makes it more difficult to get to finals.”

Former Juve star Zidane was asked about his former club Juventus’ strengths.

“They’re having a great season. I’ll not talk about their strengths or weaknesses. We know they are a great team and they have proven it. It’ll be a wonderful final, between two teams that deserve to be there.”

It’ll be special for me. I was at Juventus for five years, a great club that helped me to develop and become a man, to grow as a person and as a player,” added Zidane. “Juventus will always have a special place in my heart but as soon as I start, I will be on the other side, with Real Madrid, and I’ll only be thinking about my team.”

Next, Zidane was asked about superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and if CR7’s evolution involved joint decisions.

“Yes, of course, it's a decision we made together, based on conversations we've had,” replied Zidane. “We are intelligent and sometimes he needs to play a little less. It’s not because he’s not physically fit, but because he wants to reach the final phase of the season, when everything is at stake, in his best form. He’s played a lot this year, but there have been times when he’s been left out to have a break. Now he's in fantastic shape.”

"We're the two best teams in Europe and it'll be a nice match," added the Whites' coach Zinedine Zidane. "We’re very happy to be in the final. We know how difficult it is to get there and we’ve worked very well during the year. We deserve to be in the final and the team is going into it in very good physical shape and we’re confident. There are four days left and we’re focused on what we have to do. There is no difference between the final in Milan and this one. The most important thing is to get to the final. There are no favorites in finals. Juventus are a great team and what we all want is to see a good match".

"Not much will change if they play with two or three center backs. They’re a solid team and they know how to play both ways. What interests me is trying to cause them problems. We’ll see on Saturday. Juventus have got a lot of good players, but in offensive terms, Dybala is one of the best. Higuaín and Alves are also good. The same goes for Real Madrid. They’re all good".
 
"I played at Juventus for five years and I’ve got good memories of that time. It's a special final. Each team will play their own final and the important thing is to see a nice match. I don’t think there are two different approaches. You have to play the final and I don’t think there are differences between the two teams. That's why we're both in the final".
 
"It's a final and it could last 90 minutes or more. They don’t concede many and we score a lot but that won’t influence what is going to happen. We’ll prepare in the best way possible because it’s the two best teams playing the final. When you reach the final you deserve it because of the work during the whole season. They also did very well and are also league champions. It's going to be a very nice match".
 
"The pressure is more noticeable. That says a lot about this game but everyone likes to play in finals. Everyone likes them. We are in another Champions League final and it’s very nice. We're going to prepare well for it".
 
"It’s the last game of the season and as it’s the last one, it’s the most important one, but we’ll prepare it like the rest of the games because we’ll not change anything that we do and more so now".
 
"We know commitment, we do everything possible to win. It was the best club of the last century and now has 115 years of history. You can play well or badly, but the important thing is to fight until the last minute. This club has taught me that and the captain represents these values very well. He is also a very noble person and that is worth even more".

"We always believe and thanks to the work of the whole team we are in the final. We’re very close to doing it and we’re the first to be so close to doing it for so many years. It’s been thanks to the work throughout the whole year. When you work hard at the end you get the rewards like this, but we have not won anything yet".

Zidane was asked about Gareth Bale.
 
"We’re happy that he is with us because he is an important player. I'm glad to see he’s recovered. We’re going to prepare for the match together, as always, and we’re all prepared. Gareth doesn’t have to say anything to me. He’s ready, with us, and really excited. Playing at home and that’s that. The players are motivated and I'm only interested about that. We’ve time to prepare for the game. Today we’re going to do basic things because the press are here, but starting tomorrow we will prepare for the game".
 
Will Zidane chose Bale or Isco?

"The decision is difficult because everyone is available and I will have to choose between the entire squad. It’s normal to have the debate because they are two very good and important players. What the press says will not influence me. We know what we’re going to do and the important thing is to be prepared and focused. Both are very good players and they’ve also played together this year in 16 games. They can play together and the important thing is that they come into this final stretch of the season in very good shape. Bale has had fewer minutes but is already recovered from his injury and we already know the player Isco is. The most important thing is to see the players on top form".

What about Isco?

"He deserves it just like the rest. There are players who are not going to be called up and that is what bothers me the most because they are all important. I have to think about the line-up and the bench because there are players who have had an extraordinary year and are going to miss out on the squad. That's the hardest thing for me".
 
"The most important thing is to always give 100%. That’s how we have done things during the season, giving everything, with a lot of professionalism and we can be happy for what we have done until now. We have another final and we’ll try to do everything we can to win the match".
 
Zidane was then asked about his future with Real Madrid.

"I have one more year on my contract but that doesn’t mean anything. I want to be at this club but it depends on what you do on the field. I think the club is happy with what we’re doing and I’m only interested in that. The future: Saturday and nothing else. I have the Real Madrid DNA, that's for sure. It’s my home. Everyone has always been very affectionate towards me and I have always defended the values of this club. I’ve experienced spectacular things with this club as a player, assistant coach and head coach. I’ll always be a Real Madrid fan because the club is my life".
 
"It's just a philosophy and a thing I wanted to do with this team and this squad. With another team, I might have done something else. I did what I wanted to do with these players and I'm happy, but you know how football is changing. I am positive and always try to give everything and lead the team. What the players are doing is phenomenal. I’m enjoying this moment because I know that one day it’ll end. I’m on top of my job and we’re close to doing something extraordinary, but I’m not thinking about of leaving an important mark in the history of the club. We work hard and that's the spirit of this team".
 
"After we won the league it was something spectacular. I'm still feeling it and I'm very happy".

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo talked about the massive match coming up on Saturday.

“We know it's going to be a difficult game but we're Real Madrid and we've got every chance of winning it”, said CR7. We want to go down in history, and if we win, we'll be the first team ever to lift the title in two consecutive seasons under the new Champions League format. It's our ambition and our dream. Let's cross our fingers”.

It's always special to play in the Champions League final. We're up against a great team. We know it's going to be a difficult game but we're Real Madrid and we've got every chance of winning it. I think it's 50-50 but of course, I hope we can win it because it'd be an extraordinary achievement. Winning the Champions League is extremely difficult. In the Group Stages, we went through second, behind Dortmund, but I think we did a good job. Then we went on to knock out great teams like Atlético and Bayern and that's why we deserve to be in the final. Ever since I've been at Real Madrid, we've always shown we can up our level in the knock-out rounds and that shows what a great team we are.”

Ronaldo was asked if he is especially motivated by the chance to be the first team in football history to win two consecutive Champions League trophies.

“That's something that every player at Real Madrid wants to achieve. We want to go down in history, and if we win, we'll be the first team ever to lift the trophy in two consecutive seasons under the new Champions League format. It's our ambition and our dream. Let's cross our fingers.”

What about Juve and their stars Bonucci and Barzagli?

“They're an excellent team. They haven't made it to the final by accident. They've won the Italian league and the cup. They're tough opposition and we know it's going to be a difficult game. They like to mark their opponents closely, like Atlético de Madrid. They may well have a fantastic back line, but no matter how good their defenders are, there's always a weak point to be found in any defense. So, we'll have to discover those weak points, capitalise on the space that Juventus give us in the game, and make the most of it in order to score goals.

How will this final differ from the previous two against Atlético?

“It will be very similar. They're finals and it's always 50-50. Both teams will be looking to capitalize on the other's mistakes. The winning side will most probably be the one who makes the fewest errors; I hope that is Real Madrid. It'll be a thrilling clash, the whole world loves watching it and the players enjoy it out on the pitch. Expectations are high and the team is confident,” continued Ronaldo.My position will always be the same. My favorite place to play is in a free role along the forward line and that's the opportunity Zidane has given me. I play very freely. On one side, down the centre... I play where I think best. As for the number of games, that's something we discussed at the start of the season and I knew it was necessary. In the last two years I've been tired going into the final stretch of LaLiga and the Champions League. So this year I rested a couple of games and I feel much better at this stage than I have in previous years.”

This year at Real Madrid, there have been 20 - 21 lads playing on a regular basis. Do you think that's been crucial in taking the team so far?

“Yes, I think so. Zidane has managed the squad very intelligently. It's not easy. It's not a straightforward situation because every player wants to play all the time. Zidane has been very smart with how he's worked it and he's been able to use every single player. That's been crucial in reaching the final and winning La Liga. I think that's why we've had such a great season.”

Ronaldo talked about his record of 100 goals in the Champions League.

“Yes, it was a milestone I wanted to reach. I was close to doing so but I went a couple of games without scoring, which made it a bit more difficult. I always believed I would be the first player in history to score 100 goals and I managed it. It was an aim I had set myself at the beginning of the season, and thanks to God, I was able to achieve it. I'd like to thank my teammates, the coach, and the Real Madrid fans. It was a special moment in my career. I'm extremely happy.”

Are you aware that you are making football history?

“Yes, I'm aware that what I've achieved in football will continue to set a standard. It's not an accident that I've beaten so many records. It's not an obsession for me, but it's true that I like setting them. I'm happy and motivated. It motivates me to train and play better. I'm always ambitious to keep improving and be at the best possible level”.

What do you think of Zidane.

“He's done an extraordinary job. He was with us from the start this season and he's showing what a fantastic manager he's becoming. I'm thrilled with the job he's doing. I always admired him as a player and now even more so as a coach because he's an extremely positive, hard-working person, and has a lot of respect for the players. So I have no doubt at all that the success of this team is down to Zidane and the excellent job he's doing. All the players are very happy with him.”

Real Madrid will compete in the International Cup this summer in the United States against three opponents during the pre-season tournament. In addition to facing the Azulgranas, the Whites will battle Manchester United and Manchester City in the not-to-be-missed tournament.

Real Madrid will get their tournament campaign up and running against Manchester United at Santa Clara's Levi’s Stadium (California) on Sunday 23 July at 2pm local time (11pm CET). Following on from their opener, the Whites will compete with Manchester City at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium on Wednesday 26th July (8pm local time, 5am CET on the 27th). Next Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet on Saturday 29th July (7:30pm local time, 1:30am CET on the 30th) at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.

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Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo share a laugh during training for the Champions League Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo (L) of Real Madrid CF celebrates with teammates at Cibeles square after winning the La liga title on May 21, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. Real earlier beat Malaga 2-0 in Malaga to clinch the Spanish La Liga title. 

BALE HOPES TO BE FIT FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

Real Madrid superstar striker Gareth Bale

GARETH BALE HOPES TO BE FIT FOR 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL IN WALES

2017 Champions League Final: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale update

Twenty-seven-year-old Gareth Bale has not played for Real Madrid since tearing a calf muscle against FC Barcelona on 23 April. However, Wales forward Bale has resumed training at Real Madrid but has not trained with his team-mates. Real Madrid face mighty Italian Serie A Champions Juventus in the 2017 Champions League Final on 3 June in Bale's home city of Cardiff, Wales. Real beat city rivals Atletico Madrid on aggregate to reach the 2017 Champions League final for a second successive season.Bale was not involved when Real traveled to Celta Viga on Wednesday when Real Madrid came away with a 4-1 win, replacing FC Barcelona at the top of the Spanish La Liga Table.

Bale, 27, came off with a calf injury after 39 minutes in Real's 3-2 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona in April. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is looking forward to Bale’s return to form and said his side are a better when injured forward Gareth Bale plays.

"It's not the time to talk about the Champions League final," said Zinedine Zidane. "He's much better and has already been out training. He's recovering and there's time for him to be ready for the final. I hope he's ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything. We're a better team when he plays."

It is the second injury Bale has sustained this season after he was sidelined for four months after the superstar Welshman hurt his ankle in Real Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon in November.

Swansea City boss Paul Clement says Real Madrid will be desperate for Bale to be fit for the final. Clement was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2014, with Bale scoring the decisive second goal in a 4-1 final win over city rivals Atletico Madrid.

"I know he's fighting to be fit for that and I hope he is," said Clement. It would be great for him to come back, he's one of their best players.He's done fantastically well over the last couple of years. He's won it twice already, It would be an amazing achievement to be at a club for four years and win three Champions Leagues. That would be outstanding.It's great for Wales. You've got two great teams and a great event coming to this country."

2017 Real Madrid Tickets

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Real Madrid superstar striker Gareth Bale