Who can dare to question the legendary status of Zinedine Zidane? After all, the French manager won 3 consecutive Champions League titles plus a La Liga title and a Supercopa de Espana at Real Madrid.
Now he has returned to Real Madrid to turn around the fortunes of his former club. You can be sure that Real Madrid will be a lot stronger next season, perhaps even stronger than Barcelona to end their domestic hegemony. With the nairabet affiliate code 2019, you can make your preparations for the upcoming LaLiga season.
1- Real Madrid 3 Atletico Madrid 0 (Champions League 2017)
This was one of the most dominant performances of Real Madrid against their bitter rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo was in the form of his life and shattered Atletico’s defenses to score a brilliant hat-trick in the semi-final of the Champions League.
Ronaldo bagged the first goal of the match after heading home a cross from Casemiro. Both teams failed to get any further goals until quite late into the second half, partly due to the brilliant goal-keeping from Jan Oblak and Keylor Navas. Ronaldo extended the lead when Filipe Luis’ follow-up clearance bounced up to him. The rout was complete after he struck the third blow in the 86th minute of the game.
2- Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 (Champions League 2016)
The 2016 Champions League final witnessed one of the most thrilling encounters between the two Spanish sides. Real Madrid emerged victorious in the end but Atletico fought brilliantly right until the very end.
Real started the brighter side and deservedly got the lead in the 15th minute of the game when Sergio Ramos fired home the free-kick from Bale. Atletico Madrid was presented with a golden opportunity to equalize when Pepe fouled Torres in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Antoine Griezman failed to covert the penalty and struck against the crossbar instead. However, it didn’t take long for Atletico to level scores as Carrasco turned in Juanfran’s cross to make a huge comeback in the game.
Real Madrid came close to scoring in extra time but the winning goal eluded them until both teams were forced to play the penalty shootout. Only Juanfran missed his penalty for Atletico while Real converted all their penalties to claim their 11th European title.
3- Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1 (2016 La Liga)
As Real Madrid’s manager, Zidane’s first big victory came against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. After conceding a goal in the early part of the second half, Real Madrid made a comeback through a goal from Benzema and then Ronaldo struck late to condemn their rivals to a humiliating defeat.
Both Spanish giants failed to score a goal in the first half but sparkled proceedings in the second by scoring 3 goals. Barca grabbed the lead in the 56th minute of the game by virtue of a powerful header from Gerard Pique but Benzema’s spectacular scissor kick canceled out the advantage just six minutes later. Los Blancos received a blow quite late in the game when Sergio Ramos got his marching orders after receiving 2 bookings. Quite amazingly, Real Madrid responded with a winning goal from their star forward Cristiano Ronaldo and hence they won this game.