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Zidane delighted after Real Madrid beat Manchester City

Real Madrid's coach Zinedine Zidane refused to accept Manchester City had had a poor performance in the Champions League semi-final second leg.

Zidane, en el partido ante el City.
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Zinedine Zidane gave his post-match interview after his Real Madrid side beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Bernabéu in the Champions League semi-final second leg to set up an all Madrid final against Atlético on 28 May.

Zidane salutes Modric
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Zidane salutes ModricJuan Carlos HidalgoEFE

Finalists: "Today is a day to enjoy the moment together, but we've not won anything. A tough, difficult, massive game awaits us on 28 May. As of now we need to think about Sunday, which is what we've got next". 

Favorites for the final: "There's no favourite. It's a final. We both deserve to be there. Like always at the start of the game it's 50-50".

Real Madrid: “I'm happy to be leading this great team. I'm happy to be able to enjoy this opportunity that the club has given me, to train these players. We must all keep working together and think about the great things we can achieve if we work together as a united team. We saw that tonight and now we can enjoy the final”.

Do you deserve some of the credit? "I'm the coach of this team. For sure, I'm doing something right. But, it's not just me, it's down to everyone who works alongside me. The most important ones are the players, it's them who allow us to enjoy the football. I love football and when I see them doing what they do, I'm happy. I suffer a bit more as a coach than I did as a player. I feel tense during the games. We've got to enjoy these moments".

Cristiano: "He's fine now, he's played 90 minutes and he's fine. I see him as being 100% fit and he'll continue to play. I'm happy with his performance, as I am with that of all of the players".

Ronaldo and Jesé celebrate
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Ronaldo and Jesé celebrateBallesterosEFE

Manchester City:“We had a tough game. Our opponents made it difficult for us. I don't think City were weak, I saw a focused team who presented us with difficulties. They played and defended well. The result shows that it was difficult for us. Perhaps we deserved a second goal but it is a semi-final and we had difficulties right up until the end”.

Benzema and Casemiro: "If they're fine tomorrow or the day after, they'll train with the group. We're not going to hold off until the final, we've got important games coming up now. At the same time, we won't be taking any risks. We've got enough players to keep on going".

Jesé playing as centre-forward: "Because Cristiano is a wide player, as is Gareth. When Karim is playing, he plays centrally. In the game we saw how they swapped around. We needed to be creating lots of movement. I put my starting XI out and then made the changes. I take the positives away with me from what was a hard-fought game, but one in which we achieved what we wanted".

In the final: "We had difficulties. We knew we would. But in the end we qualified. I'm happy about the effort from the players, because they deserved it. I'm happy about how everything is going."

Bernabéu fans: "The supporters in the Bernabéu are different. They got behind the team right from the start. We had difficulties right to the end."

Real Madrid fans celebrate with their team.
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Real Madrid fans celebrate with their team.GERARD JULIENAFP

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