Real Madrid's Champions League preparation unaffected by Sevilla loss - Zidane

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UEFA picks Serbian referee Mazic for Champions League final

A much-changed Real Madrid side suffered a 3-2 defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday, on a night to forget for their captain.

However, the second-string Real failed to repay Zidane for his faith as they needed two late goals to avoid complete embarrassment Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in the3-2 defeat.

"It's a shame because they are the players who play less but I can't blame them for anything". "We have a lot of games and have to rest, there's a final and we have to rest, I'm the coach and I decide". We didn't produce up top, especially in that first half. "But he was good, like the others, above all in the second half".

French forward Wissam Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front in the 26th minute after racing in behind Ramos while Miguel Layun doubled the home side's lead on the stroke of halftime, knocking into an empty net from close range. "Every time we come here something happens with him".

Los Rojiblancos moved into a Europa League spot thanks to their latest success against Madrid, winning this home fixture for a fifth time in the last six seasons. I can not criticise my players because in the second half they did everything right to turn the tide. His first penalty wasn't the greatest but that happens.

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For me this group of players has a special quality, not only on the pitch but off the pitch. "This team deserves it more than ever".

Despite the injury absences of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Dani Carjaval, and Gareth Bale away for the birth of his child, manager Zinedine Zidane still saw fit to ring the changes with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luca Modric, Keylor Navas, Marcelo and Raphael Varane for the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

In the standing table of La Liga, Real Madrid is at the third place with 72 points and the team Sevilla FC is at the eighth place with 51 points.

"When you look at the side we put out, you'd think we had enough there to win comfortably".

As the game moved into its final moments, Ramos was then unlucky to see a cross deflected off his outstretched leg and fly past Francisco Casilla in the Madrid goal.

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