Ozil remains 'convinced' Real Madrid will reach Champions League final

The former Werner Bremen midfielder looked to have earned his side a draw at the Allianz Arena with his second half strike but Mario Gomez netted a late winner for the hosts
Mesut Ozil remains steadfast in his belief that Real Madrid will reach the Champions League final - in spite of Tuesday night's 2-1 semi-final first-leg defeat by Bayern Munich.

The Germany midfielder cancelled out Franck Ribery's first-half strike at the Allianz Arena but the hosts then forced a late winner through Mario Gomez.

However, while Los Blancos now know that nothing less than a victory will suffice at the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday, Ozil remains supremely confident that Madrid will be back in Munich next month for the tournament decider.

"The 2-1 scoreline is bitter for us to take but I am convinced that we will win at home," the attacking midfielder is quoted as saying by his club's official website. "We believe in our strength and I am convinced that we will progress to the final. I'm a little sad in defeat, but I have a good feeling. We will be in Munich."

Before Madrid can focus on the return leg, it must tackle Barcelona in a crunch La Liga clash at Camp Nou on Saturday evening.

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