Real Madrid’s unlikely comeback is victory for the greatest team in Champions League history

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Real Madrid’s unlikely comeback is victory for the greatest team in Champions League history

While Manchester City once again had the dream of winning the Champions League for the first time, Real Madrid will have the opportunity to seek their 14th trophy in the competition, in their 17th final of the tournament in which they dominate, in an isolated way, all major stats.

No club in history has played more finals in Europe’s premier club tournament than the Madrid team. And having reached so many decisions helped the team build a unique history in the championship.

The improbable comeback victory over the English, 3-1, this Wednesday (4), with two goals from Rodrygo and one from Benzema, made Real reach 276 victories in the Champions League. There are 55 more victories than Bayern Munich (ALE), the second place in this ranking, add up.

​It is curious that in addition to being the biggest winners, the Madridians are also the ones with the most defeats in the tournament, with 108, and ties too, 79.

In 47 participations, six more than Benfica, the second that most disputed the competition, the Spanish team has already scored 1,020 goals, being the only one that crossed the thousandth barrier. Bayern scored 782, and is the closest to the leaders of the statistic – the two, incidentally, are also the most leaked, again with Real in first (508) and Bayern in second (367).

On the eve of the clash with City, midfielder Modric used precisely this history to show the fans that the players were motivated to seek a comeback, after having lost in the first leg, 4-3.

“We have to show that we are Real Madrid, the best team in the world,” said the Croatian. What could be seen as superb ended up being confirmed by the feat that the club achieved this Wednesday.

After the historic triumph, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, another leader of the squad, highlighted precisely what he called the “DNA of winning titles”. “The great virtue of this team, of this club, is to never give up,” he said. “The DNA of this club is winning games, winning titles,” he added.

To put another trophy in its gallery, Real Madrid will need to overcome Liverpool in the decision, on May 28, in Paris.

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