UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid-Liverpool – Zidane: ‘This squad doesn’t have a ceiling’
Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
Our achievement tonight is the most important thing – we have to congratulate the players because it’s not at all easy to do this. There are no words to describe it. The amazing thing about this squad is that they doesn’t have a ceiling. They are hungry for more and they’ve demonstrated that again today.
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, man of the match
To score a goal like that on the biggest stage in world football is a dream come true. 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.
Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager
Congratulations to Real Madrid. [Mohamed Salah’s injury] was a big moment in the game. It was unlucky that he fell on his shoulder and it’s a serious injury. 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. I’m not important – I’ve lost games in my life before and I can deal with that. What you can’t avoid is the feeling after the game and we all feel really bad. The way home won’t be the best. We didn’t win the final and we lost a really important player.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool captain
We were not good enough on the night, but I am so proud of the players and the fans who came out for us. I hope we can carry on and get into more finals and use it going forward. We have to be proud of getting here. It will hurt for a while but we have to keep going. When Mo Salah got injured they started to dominate with the ball, but we stayed in the game. We still believed we could go on but there were a couple of goals on another night which would not have gone in.