Ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, ex-footballers who once played for the Spanish club have expressed hope for another trophy.
Madrid legends are currently discussing the possibilities that Zinedin Zidane‘s team will make it to the CL finals.
Some of the optimistic participants are Savio, who played for Los Blancos between 1997 to 2000 when Madrid dominated European football, Vicente del Bosque, who won the trophy as a coach in 2000 and 2002, as well as Pedja Mijatovic, who was a hero during the club’s seventh historical triumph.
All three men believe Madrid have the resources to sail past PSG in the CL knockout stage. Moreover, they think the defending champions can cruise through another third victory in a row, particularly now that the French Ligue 1 side have recorded loses to some lowly-rated clubs.
Mijatovic, whose decisive goal in Amsterdam guaranteed victory for Madrid against Juventus said, “Real Madrid are always the favorite to win, even though PSG appears formidable at the moment and better placed for surprises.
He continued, “It’s worth noting that Madrid are European champions, twice in a row, and that says a lot about the team…If we compare the squads, it seems PSG have a better chance. They look better and more complete.
“Going by the results acquired by Zidane’s team over the past four years, three titles can rightly explain my stand. Of course, Madrid are favorites but you have to have respect for PSG an an equally strong side.
“Importantly, there are no minnows in football anymore. It’s sad that, sometimes, the favorites don’t always win.”
Savio said “the worse the situation is, the stronger Madrid becomes.”
Bosque, who won the club’s 8th and 9th trophies, adds that winning his first trophy was easier than the second.
“From the ninth I remember the suffering, from the eighth we won it quite comfortably when Valencia were the favorites,” he explained, “but there was nothing like the seventh, that was the most exciting because of what it meant.
“We know that Real Madrid and Barcelona are dominating European football, they’ve shown it in recent years,” he said of the club’s third chance at history.
“Real have won three of the last four European Cups and they only just missed out in 2013 and 2015.
“The current Madrid team know how to play these games, it is certain that no-one wants to play PSG, and although they aren’t as good as last year, they are an intimidating rival.”