Real Madrid | an eternal generation

Real Madrid |  an eternal generation


For more than half of the squad that Carlo Ancelotti has led to the Champions League, the one in Paris will not be the first time they have fought to bring a new European Cup to the Bernabéu museum. The Italian coach has seasoned players in the white shirt in these games. Eight of the players who already won the Tenth with Carletto in 2014 remain with the team. And another six have lived through one of the three subsequent finals. More than half of the squad has experienced the most special moment a Real Madrid player can experience.

Carvajal, Modric, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Isco, Nacho and Casemiro are the nine survivors of the Lisbon final. The top three have started in the previous four finals and, if there are no setbacks between now and May 28, they will repeat in Paris. The Croatian is the only one to have played all four finals. He also participated in the four Bale (the first two as a starter and the last two as a substitute), who could not even sit on the Saint-Denis bench.

Real Madrid's starting eleven in the final of the Undécima in Milan 2016. Seven of the starters are still in the white squad: Kroos, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Carvajal and Modric.

Real Madrid’s starting eleven in the final of the Undécima in Milan 2016. Seven of the starters are still in the white squad: Kroos, Benzema, Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Carvajal and Modric.

Marcelo and Isco jumped onto the Da Luz lawn as substitutes. The Brazilian played the entire three following finals and Isco also participated in all of them, the last two as a starter. Casemiroand Nacho were not even summoned, but then they regrouped. The Brazilian was a starter in the other three under the orders of Zidane and the defender played the one in kyiv.

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The other six champions

Kroos, signed in the summer of 2014, and Lucas Vázquez, who returned to the white club in 2015 after a season at Espanyol, have participated in the other three Champions Leagues; and Asensio in the last two. Mariano was part of the Duodécima squad and Vallejo and Ceballos of the Decimotercera squad, although none of the three was in the squad for either of the two finals.

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Eleven players will play their first Champions League final with Real Madrid. Veterans like Courtois (who defended Atlético’s goal in the Lisbon final), Alaba (who played in the last two finals that Bayern won and lost two others that he didn’t play in) or Hazard; and ‘novices’ like Mendy, Jovic, Militao, Valverde, Lunin, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Camavinga. The Frenchman can become the sixth youngest player to win the top continental competition.

All of them willing to continue increasing the European legend of Real Madrid. “When you reach a final, each one has a huge desire to win another Champions League. Many who have won four if they win five are even more of a legend. I hope the first one arrives”, Courtois wished. “The youngsters are going to fight to give them another Champions League and I’m going to fight to get my first,” Valverde ventured. Paris is looking for new heroes in the unparalleled triumphant history of Madrid.

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