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July 25 2017, 08:44 | Perry Erickson
Real Madrid v Valencia preview Champions League finalists resume Liga title bid
"We didn't deserve to lose, we were very unlucky".
"City made things hard for us but we're happy to be in the final".
The 1-0 aggregate result, after last week's goalless first-leg stalemate, set up a mouthwatering final on May 28 against neighbours Atletico Madrid, who they beat in 2014 to lift their 10th European crown. Some at Atletico might trade that winning streak for a win in three week's time.
Ronaldo, who left Madrid in 2007, is delighted with the team's progress under his former team-mate.
"I am sure he will [improve them]", said the winger.
Saying to begin with that in Milan there would be no favourites, and all finals are really 50/50 as anything can happen in football, he took time to look back on the City clash and credited the visitors for how tough a game they made it.
"Cristiano was focused on his work - he even helped in defence".
He said: "Benzema will be with us, he is ready to play". "We have developed as a team". The players have adapted to the team.
For every Antoine Griezmann or Diego Godin, established stars rightly considered world-class talents, there's a player like Augusto Fernandez or Stefan Savic-two talented players who aren't exactly world-famous names but who still started against the Bavarians.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, is a perennial champion rich in tradition and with enough money to sign almost every big star on the market.
Hart also kept out a Ronaldo header and fierce drive from the edge of the box as Madrid pressed. The "madridistas", more accustomed to glory, are known for being among the most demanding in soccer. Now more than half of Europe is Atletico Madrid!
Despite their impressive record against Atletico Madrid, Simeone expects the final to be a balanced tie.
"With continuing in the Champions League to the semi-finals, it is not easy to have your mind on both competitions but I think we did it, except in the game against Southampton".
Valencia have wrecked Real's title ambitions in their last two league visits to the Bernabeu, holding them to 2-2 draws in the final stretches of the last two seasons. Atletico, which eliminated five-time champion Bayern Munich on Tuesday, will be trying to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first title.
"In the end, we are rivals but I have a special affection for him". Tonight and the game we played at the Etihad we saw very equal teams.