Rummenigge hails Bayern for ´best game in five years´

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Real Madrid celebrated reaching their third Champions League final in three years and hit out at claims they are lucky.

Marcelo admitted: "The ball hit my hand and so it was a penalty".

In April, Ronaldo agreed, "As long as I'm with Real Madrid, you [Benzema] will have your place secured". Although he won Champions League in his first season, the game Real played was not as efficient as Luis Enrique's Barcelona.

"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. We now have an advantage of more than 20 points in the Bundesliga, we have been the only German representative in the Champions League since the last 16.

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"You can not be more experienced in the competition than Real Madrid".

Kimmich had given Bayern the lead, but Karim Benzema soon cancelled out the goal and the Frenchman put Real 2-1 up just after the break following a clanger from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Jupp Heynckes' side can count themselves very unlucky, as the veteran coach was missing a number of first-team regulars through injury, including Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. "We will do everything possible, to fight, to defend our title at any cost, but it's nice to get to the final for the third time in a row". "People are always trying to minimise our success, but we're used to that", said the Croatian.

"We know things are going to be hard, Madrid are used to very important games but so are we". I imagined you'd ask me that.

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"I don't talk about referees, but it's clear that sometimes they go in your favour and other times against you, but whatever happens, you have to play football".

Zidane's decision to pick Benzema despite a poor run of form that had included only one goal in 12 games also proved to be a masterstroke.

'I can say at this second we do have a whole lot of respect for Madrid, they're probably the greatest groups on the planet, however we're Liverpool - we're robust and we are able to beat any workforce on the planet.

Benzema's third and fourth goals at Champions League semifinal level were crucial - particularly considering the manner in which Real struggled elsewhere. "That is the soul of this team", he said.

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