Real stars dealing with defeat
Real Madrid's stars are coping with the disappointment of the penalty 'lottery' after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
Last Updated: 25/04/12 11:37pm
Real Madrid's stars are coping with the disappointment of the penalty "lottery" after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
The Spanish giants were beaten 3-1 on penalties by Bayern Munich after their semi-final ended 3-3 on aggregate after extra time.
Misses from Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos proved crucial and team-mate Xabi Alonso - who scored his penalty - accepts dealing with the disappointment is part of the game.
"Of course, we are very disappointed," the former Liverpool midfielder told Sky Sports.
"We are coping with this moment. That's football.
"We have got to enjoy a few moments and now we are feeling the other side of football.
"It's penalties, anything can happen. It went on Bayern's side, we congratulate them and wish them the best of luck and move on."
Real have certainly experienced the highs and lows of the game in the past few days.
After tightening their grip on the Spanish title by beating rivals Barcelona on Saturday, Jose Mourinho's men were brought down to earth in dramatic fashion.
But Alonso insists this was not a factor on Wednesday.
"Different competitions," said the 30-year-old. "We have forgotten already what happened on Saturday. We were focused.
"We (now) have to start thinking about the domestic competition, starting on Sunday.
"That's football you have to enjoy it and suffer it."
Asked who he favoured to win the final between Bayern and Chelsea, Alonso added: "I don't have any preference. I will be watching as a football fan and whoever deserves it will get it."
Real's captain, goalkeeper Iker Casillas, saved two penalties in the shoot-out but still found himself on the losing side.
And Casillas is not too downhearted by his team's efforts, having won the game 2-1 on the night.
"It was a very exciting match but in the end penalties are always a lottery," said Casillas.
"We shouldn't dwell on it too much. We played very well, created chances and passed the ball around well."