“Everyone felt important” – Zizou hails Real Madrid unity

“Everyone felt important” – Zizou hails Real Madrid unity


Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says team unity was the key to his team’s Champions League success and hugely impressive 2016-17 campaign.

Los Blancos won the domestic title by three points over FC Barcelona and capped off their return to the summit of Spanish football by defending their European title.

Real brought up La Duodecima by comfortably defeating Italian champions Juventus 4-1 at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday, and along with that became the first ever club to secure back to back Champions League titles.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace while Casemiro and Marco Asensio also got their names on the scoresheet.

Zidane said the connection between his players was “tremendous”.

“The key to our success is that everyone felt important this season and above all that they got along with each other very well,” he told a media conference.

“The connection between them has been tremendous. We can say that today is a historic day for all Madrid fans, for the players, for me and for our families.

“But you know how this works. Next year will be much more difficult and we’ll need to work hard again in order to win again.”

Madrid’s win set up a glamour showdown in the Super Cup with Europa League winners Manchester United, to be played in Skopje in August.