They both did very well in the semi-final.
In an nearly carbon copy of the second leg against Juventus in the quarter-finals, Real were left hanging on at the Santiago Bernabeu in added time.
Often criticised for his lack of tactical nous, Zidane elaborated that it is in the history of Real Madrid to do well in European Competitions.
Zidane said it was his job to "defend" Benzema, just as he does with all of his players.
"You can not be in the final without suffering, it's even better, more lovely when you win like that".
"For me, the best players are the ones that make a difference in the big games".
"We now have to think about [avenging the defeat] in next season's Champions League", he concluded. James Rodriguez equalised, but the game finished 2-2 and Real Madrid advanced 4-3 on aggregate. "It is the same in adversity, we believe in what we do and we get things done by believing in ourselves and fighting".
And as they made their way back into the dressing room, the players were filmed shouting in delight at their win. It did not take long for Madrid to find their feet at home though, as Karim Benzema's brace put Zinedine Zidane's side back in an advantageous position.
Gerrard believes Liverpool, who hold a 5-2 advantage over Roma after the first leg of their last-four tie, would not be daunted by the prospect of playing Zinedine Zidane's team, who are now third in La Liga and struggled at times against Bayern. The German club, which has now been knocked out in the Champions League semifinals in four of the last five seasons, had several good chances in the final minutes but was unable to capitalize. Zidane is getting his tactics wrong, Ronaldo is getting too old, Navas is not a top-tier goalkeeper - whatever part of the team you choose to criticise, evidence supporting your case could be found this season.
Mats Hummels was quick not to apportion blame on Ulreich.
"We are only in the final", Zidane said. It's on us tonight.
Just seconds before the end of the first halftime, a cross from Kimmich struck the left arm of Marcelo inside the penalty zone. "I'm not going to think about that".
"It was a ideal night for me and for everyone", Benzema said.
"I do not talk about the referees, but it is clear that sometimes it is wrong in our favor and other times against".