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Benzema: “It was a perfect night”

NEWS | 01/05/2018

“We're used to having to dig in and today was a crazy game”, said Marcelo.
Karim Benzema, scorer of the two goals against Bayern, spoke to the media after sealing qualification for the final in Kiev: "It was a very difficult match against a very strong side, as we saw in the away game . We knew that we would be involved in a very difficult match, high in intensity, and we got through with those two goals. We're very happy to get to the final".
"It was a perfect night for me and for everyone. I'm here to work hard. Sometimes things go well, other times not so well. The truth is that today I enjoyed the game a lot, with the fans and with the whole team".
Marcelo: "This final is down to the hard work of everyone"
"I'm very happy for all the players. We also have to give credit to the dirty work done by the physios, the assistants, the doctors...I think it's down to the hard work of everyone. We must thank them as well. We knew we were going to play against a great side because we're talking about Bayern and we had to dig in. Madrid play very well with the ball, but when it's necessary to dig in, we know how to do it. They are tense games. We're used to having to fight hard and today was a crazy game".
Physical state
"I feel healthy, I feel good, i'm confident and have got my teammates' support. You're the ones who know about football and talk about us. I think it's highly emotional playing here with the support from these fans. We must thank them because they have always been there. We're in another final and we hope to make them happy again".

Modric: “It's difficult to get to four finals in five years”.

“I’ve not discussed the penalty, these things happen on the pitch. It hit my hand and if it’s in the box I think that’s a penalty, but I’ve said time and again that I’m not going to talk about referees. I had a feeling it’d happen but you know how it’s all going for us in recent times. The referee has a tough job on his hands officiating a Champions League semi-final.” 

Modric: “We’re one step away”
“It’s not easy to get to four finals in five years. We’re very happy because we’re doing incredible things, it’s amazing. We’re one step away and I hope we can get our hands on another trophy. It was a difficult game against a top side. The Germans never give in, they run hard, have real quality, but we dug in and this is our reward, a place in another final”.

“There’s always controversy whenever we play. I’ve not seen the Marcelo penalty so I can’t talk about it. I don’t remember the move. People are always looking to tarnish our success, we’re used to it. As for the final, you never know with football and we have to wait and see who we’ll be up against, but we know it’ll be tough”.
Kroos: “We managed the game well throughout”
“It was a crazy game. We really suffered, we had to work very hard yet again, just like last week, but I think we played better today. It was a great performance. They had a lot of chances but ultimately, they needed to score and we were more clinical. Benzema always works very hard for the team and he played brilliantly today, not just because of the goals but his all-round performance was fantastic”.

Fans’ reception
“It’s madness. I’ve been lucky enough to see it before, like last season when it was pretty much the same thing. The fans are wonderful and they showed it yet again in the stadium today”.