Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid is back where it should be
by Paul Kennedy, April 29th, 2014 6:19PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  bayern munich, real madrid, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[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 Guardiola in his first season as Bayern boss.

Defender Sergio Ramos scored twice for Real Madrid in the first 20 minutes, and Cristiano Ronaldo added 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."



1 comment
  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......


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Bob Gansler    
"I'm doing fine. I recovered quite quickly, to their surprise. I was able to leave (the ...
Video Pick: Back-heel volley golazo from Chelsea youngster     
Kasey Palmer, an 18-year-old midfielder, scored this beautiful goal in U-21 action against West Ham.
Obituary: Milton Aimi    
Milton Aimi played a variety of roles in spurring the growth of soccer in Texas and ...
Again, the USA wilts in the second half    
The USA's performance in a 3-2 loss to Chile on Wednesday raises lots of questions and ...
NYCFC makes change at the top    
New York City FC has appointed Tom Glick as its new president, replacing Tim Pernetti, who ...
MLS sells KickTV to Copa90    
Major League Soccer has sold KICKTV, its dedicated global soccer platform approaching one million subscribers on ...
What They're Saying: Bob Foose    
"We're a long way apart. I don't know that I want to handicap it, but it's ...
Gyau, Morse and Haley move up with U-18 women    
The U.S. under-18 women's national team will hold a one-week training camp that begins Sunday at ...
Video Pick: The Magic of the FA Cup?    
The folks at The Guardian have become suspicious about the marketing of the FA Cup, the ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
The LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes opened preseason play with shutout victories in scrimmages on ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives