There are many doubts about Zinedine Zidane as a coach, not least over his seeming inability to set a team up to control a game - which was what nearly allowed Juve's improbable comeback in the quarters - but where he excels is in his substitutions.
"We earned a lot of extra credit for winning the match", Zidane said. Marcelo and Marco Asensio, a half-time substitute, cancelled out Joshua Kimmich's opener; it was hardly a classic performance, but the deck is stacked in Real Madrid's favour as they look to continue this golden age of modern European football domination. We're 100 per cent motivated!'
"We're making the impossible look easy". He also holds the joint-record of eight Bundesliga titles with Oliver Kahn, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mehmet Scholl.
"We need everyone", Zidane said.
Of course, they were helped by an equally poor display from Bayern. Scoring goals is what we failed to do last Tuesday.
"The mood in the team is very, very good". While Ramos, the defender, emphasised defence, his boss talked of attack.
"We are looking forward to the second leg, against the best team in the world which has won the Champions League three times since 2014", said Rummenigge. "Bayern will not be anxious", he said. If that was an audition in front of Zidane and club president Florentino Perez, they won't have been too impressed, but Lewandowski still remains the biggest threat for Jupp Heynckes' side and he'll be hungrier than ever to put right his mistake at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. We must be ready. Their last away win against Real was in May 2001, in the Champions League semis (1-0, goal by Giovane Elber). "They are not invincible despite what many people may think". "We have not won anything yet, they have won two trophies and have had a great season".
"The important thing is also the key message - for Gareth and Karim, for everyone - that we stay connected". Ramos could not resist a dig.
Antonio Conte's side is now just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place, albeit having played a game more, as it battles to secure a place in next season's Champions League. There's nothing against Zidane or this club.
He was asked how has he improved.
Although that team won five European titles in succession, if Real were to win it all this season, I would rank the current Real squad above the team of six decades ago because the current group would have done it in an era in which sustained success at this level is far more hard. "There are tons of coaches more competent than I am".