‘No team fights like Real Madrid, historic Champions League night will be remembered for years to come’ – Inside Europe


Eurosport Spain’s Felix Martin has given his expert reaction to Real Madrid’s now-famous comeback to beat Manchester City and reach the Champions League final.

La Liga winners Carlo Ancelotti’s side produced one of Europe’s greatest ever performances, from stoppage time to extra time, to beat City 3-1, 6-5 on aggregate, from extremely dramatic way at the Bernabeu.

Even when substitute Rodrygo swept past Ederson to bring back Karim Benzema’s last-minute strike to equalize Riyad Mahrez’s goal for City, an unlikely triumph for the hosts didn’t seem to be in store.

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But two minutes later the Brazilian leaped the highest to head home past Eder Militao’s cross and send the game into extra time with Benzema – of course – on target from the penalty spot to clinch the epic victory return.

A night that will be remembered for years

As much as the defeat was absolutely crushing for Pep Guardiola, his players and the awaiting City fans, the night will not be forgotten in Madrid where jubilant celebrations swept through the city.
With Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal among the sports stars at the Bernabeu, everyone inside the iconic stadium was shocked when Real knocked down the tie and were left dancing wildly on the grass .

For Martin, this match has already gone down in history as a night that will long be remembered by everyone in Madrid – and indeed by Spanish football as a whole.

“What happened yesterday is historic, a night that will be remembered for many years to come,” Martin said.

“It’s reflected in the Spanish media. It’s really hard to describe what Real Madrid did yesterday.

“I thought the comeback against PSG was kind of a ‘one-hit wonder’, but then Chelsea came, and last night came.

“I wouldn’t know which comeback was more special, but clearly no team fights to the end like Real Madrid, and no stadium can push a team to attempt impossible comebacks like the Santiago Bernabeu. “

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Rodrygo becomes Bernabeu hero in minutes

Rodrygo’s superb late brace instantly made the Brazilian a hero at the Bernabeu as he struck in the 89th and 91st minutes to break City’s heart.

Martin believes the 21-year-old’s starring role shows just how far he’s come in a short time – but also shows what a special man-manager Ancelotti is for rising stars trying to reach new levels.

“Ancelotti said in the press conference the day before when asked about Rodrygo and Federico Valverde and specifically who was going to play this, for him it didn’t matter who started the game because the player who finishing him would be as important as whoever was in the starting XI,” he explained.

“Rodrygo’s performance yesterday confirms the great progress he has shown in this last part of the season. He scored important goals in La Liga and also scored against Chelsea. He is going to have a very bright future dressed in white.

“Ancelotti’s ability to manage the dressing room has been fantastic. He managed to make every player feel important to achieve the team’s goals.

“The perfect examples for that are Rodrygo and Dani Ceballos, or even Jesus Vallejo, who have played very well in recent games.

As for Guardiola and him short again at the Bernabeu?

“Guardiola is public enemy number one in Madrid,” Martin said. “Every time he fails to win the Champions League, it will be a win for Madrid.”

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Anything is possible in a perfect finale

The stage is now set for an intriguing Champions League final between Real and Liverpool at the Stade de France on May 28.

For Martin, ‘everything seems possible for Ancelotti and Real Madrid’ after all the challenges they have already overcome in the competition and the team spirit that clearly exists within the team under the expert guidance of the Italian veteran .

“All teams are tough in a Champions League final: there are no easy games,” he said.

“But after beating the two teams that spend the most every summer on transfers, PSG and City, and defending champions Chelsea, anything seems possible for Ancelotti and Real Madrid.”


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