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James Rodriguez: We deserved to be in the Champions League final

James Rodriguez shone in Bayern’s 3-1 win over Cologne on Saturday after seeing his side bow out of the UEFA Champions League in midweek.

Despite putting in a strong fight at the Bernabeu last Tuesday, the Bavarians failed to overturn the 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of Real Madrid’s at the Allianz Arena in the first-leg. Upon visiting the Bernabeu, the Germans only managed a 2-2 draw which consequently saw Real Madrid setting up a final date with Liverpool via a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.

James Rodriguez, who starred in the midweek encounter was at it again as his goal and assist fired Bayern Munich to a 3-1 away win over Cologne in the weekend’s Bundesliga. Although his side is back to winning ways, the 26-year-old attacker believes it will take some time for the team to get over their elimination from the UEFA Champions League.

“I think until next season everyone will get over the loss to Real in their own way,” he expressed in an interview with Bundesliga.com after the game at Cologne.

“I don’t think it was fair. We did well to get through [to the semi-finals] but this is how football can be sometimes.

“We now have to think about [avenging the defeat] in next season’s Champions League,” James added.

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