Marcelo makes handball admission after helping Real Madrid to Champions League final

Marcelo makes handball admission after helping Real Madrid to Champions League final

The squad returned to practice after qualifying for the Champions League final by eliminating Bayern Munich on Tuesday, reported Efe.

Another player who redeemed himself on Tuesday was goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who had been criticized by some Madrid fans after his mistake in the second leg of the quarterfinals against Juventus almost cost his team the spot in the semis. According to Zizou, as he is fondly called,"We are still only in the final".

Zidane and Jurgen Klopp have experienced contrasting fortunes in finals. We must be happy.

They've also won the competition three times in the past four years and if they manage to win it for a third consecutive season, it will be one of the most fantastic records in football history.

Real coach Zidane, however, insisted the "suffering" his team have been put through in their elimination of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and now Bayern, should not be underestimated.

"If you play like this and have the chances we have, you have to make it to the final and that is more disappointing than playing badly and losing 2-0", said defender Mats Hummels.

"Isco trained with the team for some of the session before training alone on the pitch", the club's website said. The five-time winners' most recent success came in an astonishing 2005 final against AC Milan, who exacted revenge in the 2007 final. "Obviously we have to ask what we are doing wrong in these semi-finals".

"Madrid never gives up".

"We knew it was important to score and get one early on".

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich's catastrophic error, which led, to Karim Benzema's second goal for Madrid in the semifinal second leg was termed "a gift" in the Barcelona-based media, who also highlighted a handball by Marcelo in the area which went unpunished right before halftime when the score was 1-1.

"It's more hard. I've always said that: it's more hard", he said when asked about the difference between La Liga and European competition.

And as they made their way back into the dressing room, the players were filmed shouting in delight at their win. They didn't give us one. "Perhaps Bayern did more than us, we were not the better team, but in both games we were more effective", he said.