Zinedine Zidane‘s Real Madrid once again triumphed in adversity as they saw off Borussia Monchengladbach to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
It’s been a signature feature of Zidane‘s two tenures in charge of Los Blancos, but even more so this term, as the club have spluttered both domestically and in Europe.
The first crisis reared its head ahead of the Clasico in November, with awful defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk preceding that. So, what did Real Madrid do? Win 3-1 of course.
It was the same story on Wednesday night, as they saw off a tough Gladbach outfit and in so doing even topped their group.
Perhaps Inter coach Antonio Conte summed it up best.
“The game was like a final, and Madrid always win those,” he said
If Wednesday night had been a final, then that was only the case because Real Madrid had managed to do the double over Inter.
The 3-2 win at home had been a somewhat fortunate result, but going to Milan and beating Conte’s side 2-0 on their turf constituted one of their best performances of the campaign.
Coming up fast for Los Merengues is another final, as they face city rivals Atletico Madrid in a huge derby on Saturday evening.
Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos have been superb so far this term, conceding just two goals in ten LaLiga Santander matches and having not yet suffered defeat.
An Atleti win would stretch their advantage over their neighbours to nine points, and they would make that 12 if they win their game in hand. But El Cholo will know what awaits.
This Real Madrid side never gives in, and they know how to win ‘finals’, even if there’s no trophy to show at the end of it.