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Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid is back where it should be
by Paul Kennedy, April 29th, 2014 6:19PM
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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]Real Madrid is headed back to the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in 12 years after crushing Bayern Munich, 4-0, to eliminate the defending champion, 5-0, on aggregate in a stunning blow to new coach Pep Guardiolain his first season as Bayern boss.

Defender Sergio Ramosscored twice for Real Madrid in the first 20 minutes, and Cristiano Ronaldoadded a third before halftime. His second goal in the 90th minute gave him 16 on the Champions League campaign, extending his record for a single season.

"This was a strong display from us in a difficult stadium," Ramos told Spanish television, "and we are where a team like Real Madrid should be -- at the top."

Real will meet either city rival Atletico Madrid or Chelsea, managed by its former coach, Jose Mourinho in the May 24 final at the Estadio do Sport in Lisbon.

The series win ended exits in Real's last four appearances in the semifinals. It will be seeking a record 10th European Cup.

The loss will be viewed in Germany as a knock on Guardiola and his possession-based soccer that even drew criticism from former great Franz Beckenbauer, who played for and coached Bayern as well as served as its president.

"The reason we did so badly in the first half is that we did not have possession," Guardiola said. "We didn't play with the ball. Against Arsenal and against Manchester United [in the round of 16 and quarterfinals] and in the first leg in Madrid, we played with the ball and we controlled the game. We did not do it in the first half and when you don't have control against a great, great team like this, you don't have a chance. The argument about my ideas is not valid. I can't change what I feel and what I feel is that we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible."



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  1. ROBERT BOND
    commented on: April 30, 2014 at 9:59 a.m.
    What a fiasco! Ribery never a factor after his injury, Lahm, Bastien, past their prime, afraid that will also hurt DFB, Kroos, not worth 4X salary increase, should cruise out, Dante & Boateng can't do it all, need fresh blood-get Thiago back, Goetze needs to play more, bring in some fresh younger players.as for Pep's tiki-taka, Bayern beat it last year & lost with it this year(doesn't Man-U need a new coach?) Manzukich too worried about a job to do it, Lewendowski a big improvement there......

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