Gaizka Mendieta has faith, he sees Real Madrid win the Champions League.
Gaizka Mendieta believes Zinedine Zidane should be considered one of the best coaches in Europe and he believes Real Madrid could be favorites to win the Champions League.
Madrid have won the competition 13 times, which is more than any other club in the history of the competition, and are preparing to face Jurgen Klopp’s club in the second leg on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Zidane has won it four times as a player and coach at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Ahead of the next clash against Liverpool, Mendieta was shocked to see British media labeling Madrid as an underdog against Liverpool and winning the competition.
“How many Champions Leagues has Zidane won? Four! That’s a lot of luck,” Mendieta joked in an interview with Goal. “Every sports team needs a little bit of luck in specific matches. For Zidane, as a coach, he may have been lucky, but during his coaching career it is not the reason he succeeded. “
“Look at the Clasico the other day, he had a great game tactically, not only to stop Barca, but he created danger through his system. He read the game well with his substitutions. He didn’t. not enough credit as he deserves for what he does.
“I think some people think it’s luck, but you can’t be constantly successful with luck. He’s one of the most impressive managers around, yes.”
Mendieta played for Valencia, Barcelona and Lazio, while Zidane was at both Madrid and Juventus in a career that saw them fight midfield battles in the 1990s and 2000s.
He continued to praise his side for their ability to rock in these big games: “Madrid can, thanks to their Champions League DNA, compete and win. They lack key players but they still find a way.
“I think it’s largely thanks to Zidane that even when the players are not regulars, they can step in and play, so as not to miss their key players. It comes from the motivation and the preparation, with the coach who helped Madrid.
“It’s a similar approach to Bayern Munich where they’ve anchored a necessary Champions League mentality. We saw they played without Lewandowski the other day.”
“He scares the defenders and that had an effect on the result late in the game. As we speak, with this result, Madrid could be favorites. Then City and PSG will be there in Option B, not the having never won before. But Madrid and Bayern are my favorites. “