Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach



The French striker's spectacular move to evade three Atletico defenders led to the crucial away goal that helped put Real Madrid in the final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff.

This is the triumph of a great squad, as Zidane said in press conference after getting the ticket at Vicente Calderón stadium, but we should give all the credit to the coach, Zinedine Zidane. "It's clear that we need to keep improving". Apart from a dramatic defeat to Barca in last month's El Clasico, Zinedine Zidane's team have been dominant in the spring and should be champions for the first time since 2012.

"The Real Madrid defence has no weight to it, no substance, apart from Sergio Ramos", Sacchi told Mediaset Premium, per Football-Italia. Madrid defeated Atletico in the final previous year and in 2014, and also eliminated the crosstown opponent in the quarterfinals in 2015.

The coach, who took charge of the team in January 2016, steered the club to victory last season against Atletico in the final.

"We are very focused on this game, we know it will not be easy", Dybala said.

He picked up the ball near the left corner and quickly found himself surrounded by Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic and Diego Godin, three of Atletico's best defenders.

Sevilla ended Real's 40-game unbeaten run earlier in the season with a 2-1 win but they have gone off the boil since then, winning three of their last 10 matches.

Benzema set up the goal for Toni Kroos, but Jan Oblak saved it.

Real was getting desperate in a situation where one more goal by the hosts would have left them in a unsafe spot. In Madrid [in the Copa del Rey first leg] we were beaten and we have to learn from that.

"I'm happy to reach two consecutive finals".

Rio Ferdinand believes that Premier League teams are nowhere near the "standard" of Europe's best sides.

Last Tuesday saw Real Madrid produce a convincing display and Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick against an Atletico side that was nearly unrecognisable to the team that is usually so hard to beat, reports Xinhua news agency.

Atletico played with passion, something that was missing in the first leg, and with the same determination of revenge. It will be a special game against Juventus, because my heart is "juventino".

Atletico was upset with those banners and had been provoking Madrid in the days before Wednesday's game.

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