Zinedine Zidane praised his history-making Real Madrid facet after they have been in a position to clinch their third successive Champions League title with a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday night.
A goalless but action-packed first half which noticed each Mohamed Salah and Dani Carvajal’s World Cup hopes thrown into doubt as they each left the pitch via damage was ignited within the second as Los Blancos stepped up a gear to fireplace themselves to glory.
Two Loris Karius goalkeeping errors allowed Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale the chance to seek out the again of the web, whereas the Welshman’s bicycle kick two minutes after changing Isco showcased the distinction in high quality between the Spaniards and the Merseysiders, whose sole strike of the night got here through Sadio Mane.
And post-match, whereas chatting with AS, Zidane revealed he had instructed his facet to benefit from the feeling of turning into the primary crew to clinch three consecutive European crowns since Bayern Munich within the 1970s in addition to the one crew to take action within the Champions League period.
“We must enjoy this moment, what they are doing, making history,” he stated. “We live for these moments, these emotions. It is very nice, that’s the truth. This is what this team has, talent and hard work. We wanted to do this, and we have done it again. I told the players to enjoy it as they will never be [part of] anything like this.”
Given the prospect to hail Bale’s strike after the victory, Zidane once more confirmed his reluctance to overpraise the 28-year-old, with the Frenchman eager to remind the world that Cristiano Ronaldo produced comparable magic in the course of the semi-finals.
“Bale played a great game,” Zidane replied. “But they all did. It was just like Cristiano the other day in Turin.”
As has been the case all through the season, Real Madrid endured robust spells in the course of the 90 minutes, though Karius’ duo of errors actually helped them on their method.
“In the end, lots of things happened in the game, but we did it,” the Los Blancos boss added. “We were able to focus on what we had to do, even when they equalised. Then a player comes in who can do that, and we are all happy.”