Real Madrid is hours away from making yet another football history but coach Zinedine Zidane isn’t fazed by the mountainous task against Malaga FC as both teams plot each other’s downfall.
Los Albicelestes has nothing to lose at La Rosaleda but Zidane says Los Blancos are as confident as ever, stressing that he understands there are many people in Spain who’re wishing them a disappointing outing on 21 May.
Zizou has been praised as one of the best coaches on the world football stage even though his best is yet to come.
The 44-year-old tactician’s rotation policy, thoughtful use of players and infectious confidence handed Madrid a chance for what many football lovers are hoping, will be a Champions League and La Liga double.
Thanks to the the Frenchman, Los Blancos are playing their third straight UEFA Champions League final on 3 June, 2017.
“We know the difficulty of winning LaLiga,” he told reporters at a news conference. “It’s very tough. It’s 38 matches. You have to show that you want to win every week.”
He continued: “The players have been phenomenal and we deserve what we’re doing. They’re top and have to finish it.”
The former France international footballer believes winning is in Madrid’s nature, highlighting his team’s hunger for success and unity of purpose as their driving force.
“We’re going to go for the win because it’s in the DNA of this club. Then we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“The unity of the team is the key. I’ve always said that the squad is amazing to see. Everyone is important. The ones who play less have been doing as well as the ones who have done more.
“We’re okay mentally and physically we’re f****** great.
“We still haven’t won LaLiga. But we have worked a lot and we’ll give everything. I’m concentrating only on what I can affect, which is the game.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will be expected to carry the team on his shoulders thanks to Zidane’s willingness to rest the player when it really mattered.
It’ll be all about the Portuguese player today, not just the team’s solid defense and fierce attack.