Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos led the celebrations and responded to critics after reaching a third straight Champions league final by insisting they ‘prefer to speak on the pitch’.
Zinedine Zidane’s men endured a nail-biting finish at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night to hold off the bombardment of desperate attacks by Bayern Munich and eventually held on to secure a 4-3 aggregate win.
‘Real Madrid deserve to be in Kiev,’ said captain Ramos. ‘Our DNA pushes us to fight until the end. Now we have to enjoy it and try to win the final. People always run their mouths, we prefer to speak on the pitch.
‘I’m proud of this team, this is the reward for so much sacrifice. We were convinced that we could do it and we did it.’
A brace from Karim Benzema on the night was enough to see Real through to the final in Kiev on May 26, with Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriguez’ goals proving to be merely consolations come the full-time whistle.
It was a whistle that triggered a scene of pure euphoria and jubilation at the Bernabeu as the Real players celebrated their triumph with team-mates, staff, family and thousands of ecstatic supporters.