Ronaldo 'fears the worst' over Zidane's Champions League final plans

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The former Juventus midfielder spoke to the press after his side held Bayern Munich 2-2 in the second leg of the semi-final to go through on a 4-3 aggregate.

"Our tribute, like I said the other day, is that he is a player we admire, he's not just any player, and how he is as a person is something we all know", the coach said.

Real Madrid rode their luck against Bayern Munich and could be grateful that Navas, sometimes a maligned figure, produced so spectacularly between the posts.

"You have to see where we've come from, we were written off in October, so I have to give Jupp Heynckes a lot of praise", said Salihamidzic.

"We now have to think about [avenging the defeat] in next season's Champions League", he said.

The Brazilian blocked a shot from Kimmich in the penalty area at the end of the first half with the score at 1-1 but Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir gave a corner instead. "We deserve to be in the final, we've won, with difficulty as it should be, but you can't reduce what we've done down to the topic of refereeing", Zidane further added.

In last season's quarter-final meeting with Real at the Bernabeu, Bayern were left incensed after Arturo Vidal was controversially sent off and Madrid scored two goals that looked to be from offside positions.

The goal meant Bayern had to score two more to knock Real out and they managed only one, from James Rodriguez. "I'm not going to think about that".

The Real Madrid coach kept giving Benzema chances even as the striker struggled to find the net.

Despite Real Madrid President Florentino Perez's anger over keeping Benzema as an attacker, Ronaldo and Zidane have reminded Perez of Benzema's ability to achieve his goals, in addition to his importance among the players.

"It's a awful thing for a player to live through", said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.

"It was a very hard match", Navas said. "Then we gifted a goal and in the end you can not let that happen twice in a semi-final like this", said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.

But after another stand-out performance for the Bavarians - which saw another goal and assist in the 3-1 win at Cologne - James has made his feelings clear.

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