Real Madrid were never afraid of Atletico comeback, insists Marcelo

Real Madrids French coach Zinedine Zidane

UEFA Champions League Zidane excited by 'beautiful final' against Juventus

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has warned Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain not to let their friendship lull him into a false sense of security for next month's Champions League final, and insisted "sparks are going to fly" in Cardiff.

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo insists his side were never afraid of failing to reach the Champions League final despite their 2-1 second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes his team have had a "phenomenal" season so far, but warned the hard work still lies ahead if they are to end the campaign with some silverware.

This will be the 19th European Cup meeting for the two sides and with eight wins each, the competition looks tough.

The forward has been limited to 17 league starts this season due to a serious ankle injury and repeated muscle problems and was absent from training the day before Real's final home game of the season against Sevilla.

Zidane also led Madrid to the Champions League last season, but having spent over a decade at the club as a player, assistant manager and coach of Real's youth team before moving up to the first team, the Frenchman knows only finishing the job by winning trophies will do.

TRTWorld's Samantha Johnson has more. "But there are steps to take in this process, and you have to take them".

Accordingly, many Atletico fans took to opportunity to take home souvenir from their ground as they ripped up hundreds of seats after the Real game.

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid face vital matches as the race for the La Liga football title goes into the final straight. Sevilla have been towards the top of the LaLiga table all year and I think they're great, but we know these games will be tricky.

Keylor Navas made a double save on 65 minutes to deny Yannick Carrascos low shot and Antoine Griezmanns header from the rebound.

"We are getting closer and closer to the goal".

Atletico's final European game at the Vicente Calderon before it moves stadiums will be remembered for the fantastic atmosphere the supporters created as they tried to help their team overcome its arch-rival.

Isco's goal came about after a quite brilliant piece of skill from Karim Benzema that left three Atletico defenders for dead to the left of the penalty area.

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