Zidane amazed by Benzema's vital solo run

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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrate after scoring against Atletico Madrid in their UEFA Champions League encounter

If Los Blancos can defeat Juventus in the final they will become the first team in the Champions League-era to successfully defend the title.

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.

The goal all but ended Atletico's hopes of advancing, and the second half was played at a much calmer pace, with few significant scoring opportunities for both teams.

"And yes, he was a great player and could turn out to be a great coach. We can be happy with the performance of the whole squad".

An already fierce rivalry between the Spanish giants has intensified in recent years by Real's three Champions League victories over Atletico, including in the 2014 and 2016 finals.

Italian champions Juventus await, who Zidane left for a then world record fee when he first joined Real as a player in 2001.

"The first thing would be to clone some of our players", he said.

"The fans love the manager as they used to do before, and he can get trophies for the club too".

Cristiano Ronaldo, despite struggling to replicate the form of previous seasons, remains Real's most unsafe player.

The Bianconeri never looked like wobbling in their quest to reach the knockout rounds, with Lyon the only side able to take points off them with a late goal in the 1-1 November draw.

Real Madrid joined Juventus in the Champions League final last night after beating Athletico Madrid 4-1 on aggregate, losing 2-1 on the night.

We spoke at the end of the game and I asked him how he managed to get out of that corner.

Karim Benzema's sensational solo dribble on the left byline took out three defenders and he cut the ball back for Toni Kroos to drive a shot at goal.

Sevilla have won just three of their last 12 games, stumbling towards fourth place and the final Champions League berth.

Although they have lost four of the five Champions League finals they have played in, including that one to Madrid almost two decades ago, their one win came against the holders of the competition.

Speaking of his time with the Portuguese at Manchester United, he told English outlet mirror, "He was very young, he was very inexperienced, very immature in the way he played, a bit of a show pony at times", he said.

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