Zidane reveals only condition he can continue as Real Madrid manager

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

Real Madrid booked a place in the Champions League final against Juventus on Wednesday following a tense semifinal return leg away at Atletico Madrid in the last European game to be held in the Vicente Calderon stadium.

"It'll be a wonderful final, we've had a similar path and both teams deserve to be there". Real Madrid wins 4-2 on aggregate.

The 33-year-old is not a stranger on the European stage as in each of his appearances in the Champions League final he has come away with a winners medal, but speaking at an event in Barcelona. I am doing my job well, but the players are the ones who go out on the pitch, to suffer, to fight, to battle and to believe all this is possible. At the start we let in goals that we didn't want but we knew that it was going to be hard.

Early goals from Saul and Antoine Griezmann gave Diego Simeone's men realistic hope of hauling back a 3-0 first-leg deficit before a goal from Isco late in the first half effectively ended the contest.

"We have been consistent this season and our goals are within reach". It will not affect us playing hard games till the end. "It was the minimum that our fans asked of us, just what we had to do. We did not drop our hands, I am proud of this team".

Karim Benzema was the key player thanks to the unbelievable play where he dribble three players: "I don't know how Karim went out from there". 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.

"I am improving in all aspects (as a coach), but that doesn't mean anything", Zidane said. "I can not tell you when he will return, but hopefully it is soon".

For many years, the stadium hosted Atletico sides - including the one relegated in 2000 - who struggled to emerge from their shadows of their illustrious neighbours. "After 25 minutes it all changed". "With three defenders he should not be able to escape". We learn and we grow.

'Pepe's career has been spectacular, ' said the Madrid coach. "They scored from a corner, in which we weren't as alert, and then from a penalty", Zidane said. "When he is inspired he can make the difference in a world class way".

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.

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