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It is truly inexplicable, an incomparable love. They breathe and dream for her. They make her their own and treat her like a queen. Real Madrid and the Champions League is a story that will be eternal.
There will be those who believe in destiny and precisely those are the ones who could have answers to understand the epic effort that the merengue team has made on its way to Paris. Soccer-wise, perhaps the analysis will be null, because the goals on the hour come through drive and mysticism.
In any case, Real Madrid once again appealed to its history, the weight of its shirt and the DNA it has on Champions League nights. Precisely for this reason he won the most important club tournament 13 times, there is no other way to understand it.
It all started against Messi’s PSG
When the draw for the round of 16 pairings came out, analysts and world anti-Madrid supporters were betting on a landslide victory for Paris Saint-Germain. And of course, they turned to see the squad of the French team and there was Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi on the offensive front; the scariest thing in Europe.
In the first leg, Madrid suffered in the Parc des Princes, but only received a goal from Mbappé at 90 + 4 ‘. He came out of that hell alive and at the Santiago Bernabéu his breath was ready to start working. Result: a hat-trick from Karim Benzema in the second half, after another early goal from Mbappé in the Spanish capital.
In this way the team grew, giving the most imposing state club in Europe a smack in the face. That he tried to build an empire by dint of money, but ran into the greatness of a shield that is known in every corner of the earth.
It was the turn against the champion
After the scare against PSG, the quarterfinals arrived and the rival was the current European champion, Chelsea FC. And against all odds, Carlo Ancelotti and his team played their best football match ever. In London there was no epic, there they won by a true football shower with a score of 1-3 with another triplet by Benzema, who raised the decibels of madness on the pitch and in the locker room.
And when it was believed that the merengue team had the tie in the freezer, Chelsea FC dressed in yellow put Madrid on the ropes. At 75 ‘they won 0-3 and the Bernabéu was hell, devastated and the disappointment was evident. However, Rodrygo lit the spark at a moment out of context and tied the series at 80′.
In the extra time the physical outburst of the Spaniards prevailed. A combination of Vinicius and Benzema unleashed madness in La Castellana and the ticket to the semifinals was already bought.
The mother of all comebacks
If there is someone in the contemporary era who knows Real Madrid well as a rival, and who has known how to win great battles at the Santiago Bernabéu, it is Pep Guardiola. The table was set for a legendary 180-minute tie and that was just what Manchester City and Real Madrid gave the fans.
In Manchester it was a blow for a blow, the home side with the ball and always up, but downstairs was a clever Madrid with the few times that it reached the rival area. It was a 4-3 even to a liar, City deserved more and Guardiola’s face presaged disaster.
Already at the Santiago Bernabéu the mystique and the eternal spirit of comebacks that Juanito left as a legacy appeared again. Since the arrival of the team bus, the fans had already scored the first goal.
Then it was up to them to recover from Riyad Mahrez’s goal at 73′. Ancelotti had the key on the bench: Rodrygo Goes, who at 21 years of age continues to show himself as that agitating and opportune striker with the goal to bill the 90 ‘and 91’. The final dish would be served by Benzema with his penalty kick at 95′ of extra time.
On May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris, Real Madrid will seek to win its fourteenth Champions League in 120 years of history. However, there is another special seasoning: it could be the last final of its kind for Carlo Ancelotti in his career. The Italian announced that after completing his stage with the merengue club he will retire from the bench.
It is worth noting that it will be the fifth Champions League final that ‘Carletto’ will direct, no one else can boast of that figure.
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