Real Madrid win champions league
They got what they came for: defeat with honour. It is pointless Brendan Rodgers trying to spin it any other way. There is no way Liverpool could have hoped to win in the Bernabeu Stadium with this team.
That they survived with dignity intact is as much by luck as judgement. Yes, Liverpool worked very hard, defended tenaciously and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet – one of the few first-team regulars to keep his place – was magnificent.
Yet it also needed Gareth Bale to hit the bar, Cristiano Ronaldo to take one touch too many repeatedly and Real Madrid, collectively, to squander enough chances to have won by double figures.
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈal maˈðɾið ˈkluβ ðe ˈfuðβol]; Royal Madrid Football Club), commonly known as Real Madrid, or simply as Real, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain.
Founded in 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the team has traditionally worn a white home kit since. The word real is Spanish for royal and was bestowed to the club by King Alfonso XIII in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem. The team has played its home matches in the 81,044-capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in downtown Madrid since 1947. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception.
The club is the world's richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €604 million, and the world's most valuable sports team, worth €2.5 billion ($3.4 billion). The club is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. Real Madrid is one of three founding members of the Primera División which have never been relegated from the top division, along with Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona. The club holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably El Clásico with FC Barcelona and the Madrid derby with Atlético Madrid.
Real Madrid established itself as a major force in both...