25 April 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueño analysed the match against Bayern Munchen for the media.
"The team tried everything to reach the final and we're proud of our players. We faced a team with great character that managed to recover quickly from conceding two goals in the first half. We also improved but were unable to break their defensive line. The match continued to unfold and we cannot forget the schedule we've had lately and how tired the team was. Exhaustion was noticeable on both sides. Penalty shootouts are unpredictable and won by the most inspired side."
"The team is having an exceptional season. Our numbers in La Liga are incredible and we've reached very far in the Champions League, which is expected of us. We cannot ask our players to do more."
"We faced a quality side that knows how to create ball movement. They should be congratulated because they managed to gain composure when they were losing the tie. Our players gave their all and it's a shame. The atmosphere couldn't have been any better, but that's football for you."
"Neuer is a great goalkeeper. He is very tall and covers spaces very well. He also is very intuitive. Our players took their penalties well and I think it was more to the goalkeeper's merit to save them than to our players' demerit to miss them."