Again in the last four of the Champions League, Real Madrid can still make the double. Far from the crisis of last November.
This is no longer to prove for anyone, everything goes very quickly in football. Hero one day then outcast the next day or vice versa. Since his return to Real Madrid two seasons ago, Zinedine Zidane has lived it practically on a daily basis.
Heckled for performances far from being at the height of those during his first mandate, the French coach was on the verge of returning his apron last November. Real Madrid were then left behind by Atlético Madrid in La Liga and were at a disadvantage for a qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Since ? The Merengue have just beaten Barça and are only a small point behind the Colchoneros and they have just qualified for the semi-finals of the C1. Not bad for a trainer whose speech supposedly did not get through.
“What has to be said is that we are all here together,” said Zidane. “With everything that happens to us, with all the losses, we are here. We have not won anything, but we are alive in both competitions. The team wants more. “
Semi-finalist for the 30th time in its history in the European Cup, Real Madrid are on their favorite playground. In just over a month, the season will be over and the club may have scored a brace, which no one would have bet on five months ago. But Zidane has the strength to pull through thick and thin.
“The character they have. It’s a team that always has more. The more difficulties they have, the closer they come. Of course we have quality to spare in this team, but the character of these players is the most important. “
Now it’s time for a double confrontation against Chelsea with a place in the final at stake. A flavor that has not tasted the club since 2018. An eternity on the scale of Real Madrid.
“We’re happy to pass. Now we have to rest because we haven’t won anything. We just want to enjoy this moment.”