Real Madrid: Zidane, happy: «It is essential to be first»


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Never has a coach won three Champions Leagues, and he has never done so in a row. He has that record exclusively Zidane, and in the short and medium term it will be difficult for a coach to equal or exceed that feat, and the most curious thing is that his impeccable CV in the Champions League has always been cemented with classifications for the second round as second in the group stage. This season, for the first time, and despite the fact that he has touched elimination, he does so as a leader. Double happiness: «It is a huge satisfaction, the objective was to finish first and we did it at the end, with difficulties but with a spectacular game. It is essential to be first, very important after everything we go through. And it is the first time with me that we are first ».

Victory over him Borussia Monchengladbach He managed to get Zidane’s men through as first group, with all the good that this entails. The second leg will be played in the capital of Spain – we’ll see if by then, mid-March, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano or the Santiago Bernabéu – and the rival that will come out of the draw next Monday has nothing to do with the one it could have been if he had qualified second. In that case, they expected Bayern, City, Liverpool, PSG or Juventus, but it will not be like that. Porto, Atalanta, Lazio or Red Bull Leipzig, one of these four rivals, a priori inferior, will be the one that will have to eliminate Madrid to return to a quarter of the Champions League three years later.

Benzema, blunt

Situation totally opposite to that which was glimpsed from the first day, with the defeat in Alfredo di Stéfano against Shakhtar (2-3). That’s where this continental script began to twist, redirected last night, thanks to a Madrid who needed to sign one of the best games of the season: «I am very satisfied. We had a spectacular game, from minute one to ninety. I think the most complete of the season. I’m happy for the players. They are the most important, and I am here for them. When the difficulties are great and we have to win yes or yes, the players get there and get it, “he explained Zidane. Benzema, one of his right eyes, agrees with his coach: «We entered the game well, wanting to win and to show that we are the best and that we were going to work together to get this game out. When we give everything in the field it shows. We scored two goals, but we were able to do many more. If we always play like today … ».

That final reflection by Karim is the question that many Madridistas ask themselves today. Why don’t Real Madrid always play like yesterday against Borussia? It has always been complicated, but now more so in this modern football, full of matches, which makes it difficult to show this level regularly: «I’ve been a player and football is like that. You can’t always play well. It is impossible. Yes, we will always try, but you can’t always play well ».

Surely that is the case, but the one who has been playing very well for many games is Lucas Vazquez: «It is important for Zidane and for us. Together we make a great team, we have no doubts about what we are capable of doing. When we get together and work there is no doubt, and that is what we have to do. We have shown what this team is capable of. We needed a victory like this, “explains the Galician, who is just as forceful when asked about his future, which ends at Real Madrid on June 30 of next year, and it doesn’t look like it will last any longer:” That is a complicated subject. We’ll see what happens. I dedicate myself to work. In football sometimes it not only depends on one part or another, I am very happy to be at Madrid ».

Lucas, how Modric and Sergio RamosThey will be free from January 1 to negotiate with any team. No one wants it. They want to continue at Real Madrid, but that is another film that is now in the background. The first is the draw for next Monday.

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