Final against Juventus will be special, says Zidane

At 2-0 down, Real took control of the game, slowing down the pace and dictating possession.

Fourth-placed Sevilla look like Real's most hard opponents in the three remaining games, though Jorge Sampaoli's team are far from the swashbuckling side that ended Real's 40-game unbeaten run in January.

Indeed, they are not completely assured of Champions League qualification, but anything but a defeat at home to relegated Osasuna on the final day will see them fend off Villarreal's chase even if they lose in the capital.

Madrid, the holders, have a better attack; Juventus, who knocked them out in 2015, have a better defence.

Zinedine Zidane's next target should be to target domestic dominance to go with Real Madrid's exemplary record in the Champions League, says Michel Salgado.

This season, Real Madrid won against Sevilla the UEFA Super Cup and they also knocked out them in the Copa del Rey.

"Nobody said that it would be easy".

"Varane felt something again but it's nothing serious, we just don't want to take any risks with a player who's feeling discomfort", Zidane revealed in the press conference ahead of the trip to Granada. "The hearts of some of the players we have are huge and they transmit so much passion to their teammates".

Atletico was upset with those banners and had been provoking Madrid in the days before Wednesday's game.

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

On the other hand, Serie A champion have some good players that could turn the game on their head. Coach Simeone was loudly cheered.

Zidane's men faced a potentially tricky last-eight clash against Bayern Munich and needed extra time in the second leg to eventually clinch victory, 4-2 on aggregate.

They are now level on points with Barcelona, who top the table on head-to-head record, and also booked a Champions League final spot against Juventus next month by seeing off city rivals Atletico Madrid in midweek.

"The atmosphere was one of those magical moments in the Calderon that will live in people's memories forever", added Simeone.

But Real grabbed a vital away goal when Isco poked in a rebound after Toni Kroos' fierce shot - following a brilliant run by Karim Benzema - was saved.

Madrid are in the driving seat for their first league title in five years as they also target a first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.

In the U.S., viewers can catch Real Madrid vs Juventus on Fox Sports while the 2017 Champions league final match can also be live streamed on Fox Soccer 2 Go.

Simeone's intentions were clear on the sidelines as he urged his team and supporters on, but Real drew on all of their Champions League experience to weather the storm and limit the damage from the early spell of pressure.

  • Angelo Rivera