Raúl González Blanco has a 'gift'. The former Real Madrid striker trained Castilla , the Whites' subsidiary, who was traveling in seventh position five points from the Playoff for promotion to the Smartbank League when the competition was stopped by the coronavirus. And after the confinement, and before the departure of Dani Poyatos , youth coach, towards Panathinaikos, the '7' merengue took the reins of the team temporarily for the decisive phase of the Youth League , the Champions League of the category . And the result could not be better: Madrid will play its first final of the tournament.

He will do so after beating Red Bull Salzburg , the 2017 champion and the fishing ground for promising youngsters , like Haaland, now at Dortmund, in the semifinals . Madrid won 1-2 after goals from Latasa and Miguel Gutiérrez , and despite pressure from the Austrians during the second half, especially after the penalty converted by Sucic that tightened the score.

A good stop Fuidias , the strength of the Madrid defense and little success of his rival in the final meters on the approaches of the last minute gave the pass to the whole of Raul, after having overtaken Juventus and Inter are He will face Benfica, his great executioner, in the final.

The Portuguese eliminated Madrid in 2014 and 2017, where they were runners-up. First led by Guedes , current Valencia player, and later by Joao Félix , now rojiblanco. The Whites, who have reached the quarter-finals in all editions of the competition, had never crossed the semi-final barrier. Until now.

Led by Miguel Gutiérrez, Antonio Blanco and captain Víctor Chust , Raúl leads a team that Zidane could drink from in future occasions. Vertical, forceful in the back and decisive in attack, their coach has infected them with that winning and competitive spirit that made Raúl a legend of Real Madrid.

On Tuesday at 18:00 , Madrid will try to become the second Spanish team to win the competition. The Barca and won in 2014 and 2018 and is, along with Chelsea, the club with the most titles.

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