“Now he is the best coach in the world. He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible”.
“Nobody has won two Champions League twice in a row and we did it”, Zidane said. “I’ll be cheering on the boys but I need to go on holiday and rest, and come back stronger next season”. Every single player on this roster had an iconic moment throughout the season, no matter if they were reserves or not.
His first goal at the Principality Stadium to put Real ahead in the 20th minute against Juve illustrated that perfectly as he had the wit to lay the ball off to Dani Carvajal on his right and then the smartness to hold, wait for the cut-back pass and then use his technique to bury the ball in the bottom corner.
The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.
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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos showed the best and worst of his game in the Champions League final on Saturday, finishing it by holding the trophy aloft minutes after his simulation led to a red card for Juventus substitute Juan Cuadrado.
In doing so, he reached 600 career goals with plenty more surely to come.
Gianluigi Buffon admits Juventus still “lack something” after their defeat in the Champions League Final and is “really annoyed” with their performance.
“We knew this season was going to be different”. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.
“Another legendary Madrid” was the headline in El Pais, where the match report commended Zidane’s achievement in getting his squad to set aside their egos and work together to secure the club’s first La Liga and the European Cup double since 1958.
The Spanish media on Sunday morning basked in the historic nature of Real Madrid’s 4-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus the previous night.
The Spaniards were on the front foot as they held on to possession in the first quarter of the game.
“We were thinking of matching them, but in the second half, there was a feeling that left us with regret and perplexity”.
Gareth Bale has insisted that he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid this summer, amid speculation that Manchester United may attempt to sign the Wales forward for a fee of more than £100 million (S$177 million).
Local boy Bale made a late cameo appearance, coming on for Karim Benzema in the 77th minute with the job done. So yes, three Champions Leagues in four seasons will do that.