After Posting Emotional Message, Bayern Teammates Reach Out To Sven Ulreich

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The German Coach was also full of praise for opponents Real Madrid, who knocked out Bayern Munich in the semi-final stage in controversial fashion.

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".

By successfully defending its 2-1 win from last week, Madrid stayed on track for a third consecutive European title, and fourth in five seasons.Europe's most successful club with 12 trophies, Madrid will play the final against either Liverpool or Roma, which were playing Thursday in Italy. We are happy. Real Madrid never gives up, even through difficulties, like we had [against Bayern]. If I say it does not hit me, I'm lying, but football is like that.

And were if not for a "blackout" moment by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes would now be preparing for a swansong final.

James has a two-year loan deal at Bayern, but with Gareth Bale linked with a summer transfer away from Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo three months past his 33rd birthday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane had been linked with a bid to bring James back prematurely.

"They should be anxious", Gerrard said of Zinedine Zidane's defending champions.

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James Rodriguez is the seventh player in Champions League history to score for and against Real - after David Beckham, Alvaro Morata, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Fernando Morientes, Arjen Robben and Ivan Zamorano. We need to stop that but I'm delighted we're in the 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. Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home.

"I have to congratulate my team, I have not seen FC Bayern in such form for many years, it was the best football". I imagined you'd ask me that.

"We really wanted to reach the final and we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened to me".

"It was a fantastic game, we invested everything in our performance but we did not do everything right, we lacked a bit of luck, especially in the box".