Zidane has already experienced a similar situation in the Champions League

21 Oct 2019

Real Madrid has never been eliminated in a Champions League group stage since the new competition system was established in 1992.

Since then, Los Blancos have passed all the previous stages in which they had participated and had never started a Champions League with a balance of only one point after the first two matches.

However, Zidane knows that the situation is not irreversible. He was part of the Madrid side in the 2002/03 campaign which reversed an identical situation in the second group stage, which was the format at that time.

In that group, Madrid started with a defeat (1-0 at the Stadio San Siro against AC Milan) and a draw (2-2 against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu).

They were much stronger as a team. In addition to Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo, they had added Ronaldo Nazario that year, the best player from the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.

That Madrid, still managed by Vicente del Bosque, knew how to rebuild.

On the third matchday, they defeated Borussia Dortmund in Madrid (2-1), got a draw in the return visit to Germany (1-1), got rid of Milan in the Spanish capital (3-1) before sealing their qualification for the quarterfinals in Moscow thanks to a goal from Ronaldo, who is now the owner of Real Valladolid.

Then, in the quarterfinals, Del Bosque‘s side eliminated Manchester United in fantastic fashion (with that historic Ronaldo hat-trick at Old Trafford), but in the semifinals, Los Blancos could not overcome the Juventus wall in Turin.

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