Benzema has gone from one of Ronaldo’s sidekicks to Madrid’s most important player, and on Saturday he could cap his best season ever with a fifth Champions League title.
In some ways, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti are polar opposites as soccer coaches. What unites them is an ability to use their own inimitable style to win the game’s biggest trophies.
The Los Blancos are La Liga and Spanish Super Cup champions. Fittingly enough, the two teams are set to fight it out for the Champions League title in Paris on Saturday.
Few could tell he suffers like that, though, looking at the always-calm demeanour of the 62-year-old Italian coach who is enjoying one of his best-ever seasons.
Salah clearly hasn’t forgotten what went down in the 2018 final against Real Madrid in Kyiv. That painful moment in the first half when he tussled with Sergio Ramos and landed heavily on the ground.
Four days before the final in suburban Paris, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti and his players tried their best to avoid talking about the France forward and his decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid had pursued Mbappe for months and had reportedly agreed a deal which would have included a signing-on fee of USD 158 million.
Real Madrid's last game before the Champions League final against Liverpool ended in a goalless draw against Real Betis.
Atlético clinched the victory in the last city derby of the season with a 40th-minute penalty kick converted by Yannick Carrasco in the first win against its rival since 2018.
Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid has mostly pride to play for on Sunday after it clinched the domestic league title in the last round.
Madrid had already pulled off thrilling comebacks at the Bernabéu against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 and Chelsea in the quarterfinals.
Madrid needs only one point from its remaining five matches to win a record-extending 35th league title.
Real Madrid only need one point from their next five matches to claim the La Liga championship and a draw at home to Espanyol next Saturday would fulfill the task.
Kyle Walker has been sidelined with an ankle knock since our quarter-final second leg tie away at Atletico Madrid earlier this month.
The huge economic advantage enjoyed by the Premier League in TV rights deals is behind Real Madrid's continued motivation to seek the comfort of guaranteed income streams from ESL.