Marcelo makes handball admission after helping Real Madrid to Champions League final

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a second goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid

Marcelo makes handball admission after helping Real Madrid to Champions League final

Spanish daily Marca ran a story on Sunday headlined "Something is up with Benzema", which claimed Zidane's patience with the striker was running out, as shown by him being dropped to the bench against Atletico Madrid, in the quarter-final second leg against Juventus and in the first leg at Bayern.

Ulreich, who had been playing well while filling in for the injured Manuel Neuer this season, sat alone on the field long after the final whistle.

"He won't want to wake up tomorrow", said former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn on German television network ZDF.

'He deserves this. It's not unintentional that he already reached the ultimate of the Champions League in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund.

Benzema opened the scoring for Madrid with an 11th-minute header to equalize after Joshua Kimmich had put Bayern ahead in the third minute. "You can be happy, you have to be, it is not normal to be in the final for the third consecutive time".

The end of 2015 was not a good time to be a Real Madrid fan.

However, Real midfielder Luka Modric shrugged off suggestions his side had been fortunate to make it through.

"We are only in the final", Zidane said.

He spoke to Fox Sports after helping Real to a 2-2 draw and a 4-2 aggregate success and said when asked if the ball had struck his hand: "Yes, it hit my hand".

Unlike the aftermath of their second leg against the Italians, which was dominated by seething complaints from Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon and President Andre Agnelli, there were few gripes from Bayern about Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir. Although he won Champions League in his first season, the game Real played was not as efficient as Luis Enrique's Barcelona. "Keylor Navas was outstanding and he saved Madrid on many occasions".

Marcelo admitted he was fortunate not to concede a penalty.

"Nothing is easy. Football is like that, you have to suffer".

"They can really hurt this Madrid team".

The players also have great respect for Zidane: The idea of resting Ronaldo in order to keep him fresh is certainly not a new one, but to Ronaldo it is much more credible coming from a great like Zidane than someone like Benitez, who has never played football at the highest level. "We are strong, we can beat any team in the world".

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