The days following Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumph over Italian club side Juventus has been full of positive spirits, good news and better prospects, especially for Lucas Vazquez.
Lucas, 25, admits he’s yet to sink down the great joy which accompanied their La Liga and CL double.
He played a total of 50 out of 60 games for Madrid although he wasn’t favored to taste action in Wales National Stadium on 3 June.
The Spanish player arrived Santiago Bernabeu on loan from Espanyol in 2015, made his debut shortly afterwards, and was selected among the team which represented Spain during Euro 2016.
In his latest interview with Marca, the right winger spoke about a lot of issues such as Madrid’s breaking of a 59-year-old jinx, his total game time, and Zidane’s role as a super-coach.
“It has been a spectacular season,” he started when asked about the historical records during. “From start to finish, the team did a great job.
“In the league, we led and controlled our fate almost all season and in the end, I think we are justified champions.
“Winning the Champions League with this club is something special and we did it by winning it for the second consecutive year, which nobody had ever achieved before.”
Lucas was excited to have enjoyed more game time that any other player for the calender year, but he says coach Zidane should be commended for the trust.
“The fact that I played 50 games is something to be happy about,” he explained. “It is an important figure. If I have done well, it is because the coach trusts me and gives me many opportunities.
“I just try to repay him on the field and hope I can do it for many more games and many more years.”
“[On Zidane’s rotation tactics and the results achieved] That has been a little bit of the secret to our success this season.
“The fact that we can make nine or 10 changes in a game means the team is more rested and all players in the squad are more involved.
“Above all, we can reach an important game like the Champions League final in as fresh a condition as when we started the season. It has allowed us to compete well in two competitions, LaLiga and the Champions League, and given us a good chance of winning them.”
“[On whether Zidane made some demands from his players] Yes, from the start of the season he told us what his idea was and what each player’s role would be in the team. The truth is he delivered on that.
“He gave us all opportunities, he gave everyone playing time. That makes it a group success as well as an individual one.
“Zidane only asks that you train well and then he decides on the games we will play in.
“I think it comes down to the motivation you have for playing for Madrid. The fact that I can play for Real Madrid means that I am always ready, knowing that we need to win.
“We are competitive players, young people and we always want to win. In the end, that is reflected in the results. Everyone wants to be a starter, that’s clear but the one who makes those decisions is the coach. It is up to us to work hard and be at our best when we are needed.”
“[On winning both La Liga and CL since 59 years of history for Los Blancos] Honestly, it is an incredible feeling to be able to go to Cibeles twice in two weeks to celebrate two important titles with our fans. Achieving it makes us feel very lucky and happy. It wants to make us improve even more…”