Reactions from Real Madrid’s third Champions League victory

After winning 3-1 against Liverpool FC in the 2018 Champions League finals, Real Madrid have taken their overall tally to 13 triumphs in Europe’s top club competition.

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In his statement after becoming the first player to captain a team to three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, history maker Sergio Ramos said “the achievement seemed unreachable.”

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said, “Our achievement tonight is the most important thing. We have to congratulate the players because it’s not at all easy to do this.”

The Frenchman continued, “There are no words to describe it. The amazing thing about this squad is that they don’t have a ceiling. They are hungry for more and they’ve demonstrated that again today.”

Referring to the sack rumors that trailed his team’s below-par performance in the Spanish league, Zizou added: “I’ve just started my career as a manager and what I’m living with my players is absolutely spectacular. I have to enjoy the moment…Remember what we’ve done – we’ve been to Paris, to Juventus and Bayern – and we’ve ended up against Liverpool, who’ve had a fantastic season.”

Gareth Bale, who was crowned Man of the Match, said it was a dream come true to score a wonderful goal on the biggest stage in world football.

His words, “I’ve never actually scored a bicycle kick – I’ve had many attempts and it’s been something I’ve always wanted to do…I remember Marcelo clipping the ball and it was just at the right height – it was great to get the right connection and see it hit the back of the net.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said his team was not good enough on the night, however adding that he is so proud of the players. The English player also showed appreciation to fans who swarmed Ukraine to support their football idols.

“I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward,” Henderson said. “We have to be proud of getting here…The loss against Madrid will hurt for a while but we have to keep going.”

Henderson regretted Mo Salah’s injury and argued that Madrid only dominated the game after the Egyptian was sidelined, adding that some unnecessary defensive errors decreased their chances against Zidane’s team.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp congratulated Real Madrid, saying Mohamed Salah’s injury was a major setback against the champions.

“We were all unlucky that he fell on his shoulder and sustained a serious injury,” the German football tactician said. “We’ll never know what would have happened if he’d played on. The shock was obvious and we dropped too deep…I’m not fine – I’m absolutely the opposite of fine – but I try to be professional.”

Klopp continued, “I’m not important – I’ve lost games in my life before and I can deal with that. It’s a feeling you can’t just avoid; we lost the finals and a very important player.”