Last season, Real Madrid defied the odds to win the UEFA Champions League in Zinedine Zidane’s first season as head coach of the first team. The Los Blancos legend stepped in after Rafael Benitez was sacked midway through the campaign and showed his worth as he led Madrid to an unprecedented 11th European Cup triumph. But now Real are on the hunt for number 12 – and everybody associated with the club will be quietly confident of defending their title this season…
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Once again the mighty Real Madrid have ended the season by being crowned the champions of Europe, making it an amazing and untouchable record of lifting the European cup 11 times. So after a difficult season which looked for a long time that it would end without us winning a thing, everyone concerned with Real Madrid will be feeling a lot happier now than we did a few months ago.
Gaelic connection: Bale and Zidane key to new era of Real Madrid dominanceZinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side embark on a 2015/16 Champions League final that could propel them into yet another era of footballing dominance not seen since the Frenchman himself was playing for the club.
After the glittering Pep Guardiola years of the late Noughties followed by the ‘MSN resurgence’ which saw them win last year’s Champions League final, Madrid’s rivals, Barcelona, have held the Spanish bragging rights for much of the 21st century.
As Real Madrid still had a chance of nipping ahead of great rivals Barcelona to win this season’s La Liga title and be crowned champions of Spain, Zinedine Zidane would have had no thoughts of rotating his squad and resting players for the Champions League final, which they are favourites to win with every online Sportsbook.
Only a win would do for Real Madrid last weekend, which we got but unfortunately so did Barca meaning that we fell just short. However, with the boss having no injury problems to concern him, it looks like team that started against Deportivo La Coruna in the final league game is what Zidane sees as his best XI, so will that be the same side that starts the Champions League final against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday?
We’re one of three favourites to win the Champions League according to England legend
Alan Shearer, a legend for England at international level, and Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at a domestic stage – says he believes Real Madrid are one of three teams he can see winning this years Champions League, and we wouldn’t mind a repeat of the heroics of 2014 ourselves.
Shearer has forged a deal with British sports bookmaker Coral in which he pens his thoughts in a regular feature on the site on the current goings on in world football.
It has been a bad week for Gareth Bale and Real Madrid, without a shadow of a doubt. The Wales international may have been looking forward to getting back onto the pitch after his latest injury lay off, but his first match back was against Juventus in Turin and not only did he fail to help Real Madrid to avoid defeat, he was unanimously slated for his performance against the Italian champions.
Many fans, journalists and bookmakers alike have Real Madrid as the favourites to become the first team in the UEFA Champions League era to lift the trophy back-to-back.
Real Madrid are riding a nine-game winning streak in Europe’s elite club competition which dates back to their two semi-final leg victories over Bayern Munich and the extra-time victory over Atlético Madrid in last year’s final.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side breezed through their group which consisted of FC Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets, scoring 16 goals in their six matches, conceding only two. They are the hottest team in the Champions League as evidenced by the high demand for Real Madrid Champions League tickets online.
Winning the Champions League may have come as no surprise behind the doors at Real Madrid, but there is every possibility that their 10th major European title may be the beginning of a new chapter for Los Blancos. Possessing arguably the strongest squad in world football provides Carlo Ancelotti to bring more success to the Santiago Bernabau, yet there are old scores to be settled during the upcoming season.
It is no great secret that the priority for Real Madrid, the fans, the players and the whole club, is to finally win that historic 10th European cup. But while the Champions League is the glamour trophy, Real Madrid also feel that they should be champions of Spain.
With Barcelona having a torrid season after an early start, that would normally have been wrapped up, but Atletico have really blown the two team dominance apart. But Real Madrid kept up the pressure on their city rivals with a good win over Osasuna.
That historic and record breaking 10th Champions League victory has been on the minds of Real Madrid for 12 years now, ever since Zinedine Zidane scored that peach of a volley to give Madrid the trophy in 2002. The pressure has been cranked up on every Madrid manager since, but despite regularly getting to the latter stages, `La Decima` has evaded them all.