With Real Madrid reaching their third successive Champions League final, Zinedine Zidane is on the cusp of creating a dynasty with Los Blancos when they face Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.
There is no place for complacency for the Spanish giants, and despite the fact they head into the match as slight favourites there is a serious challenge awaiting Sergio Ramos and Co. in the form of Mohamed Salah.
After two years and four months, the French coach has taken a team that was on the brink of disaster to their greatest run in Europe of the modern era.
No club has dominated European football like this since Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan side won two successive Champions Leagues in 1989 and 1990.
Los Blancos now have the chance to eclipse that achievement.
Real Madrid is not an easy club to control and politics often come into play behind the scenes, yet the former Juventus midfielder has been able to guide the team forward over a consistent period of time.
He is committed to his job and hopes to add further chapters of glory to the club’s history.
Los Blancos now have a coach capable of handling sizeable expectations.
For much of the millennium, Real Madrid lurched from disappointment to disappointment in the Champions League, despite often boasting the strongest squad in Europe.
Throughout his time in charge, Zidane hasn’t lost a single knockout tie, progressing in every single one.
Those are statistics that simply haven’t been seen before.
Liverpool represent a difficult challenge as they are an attacking team who throw players forward with reckless abandon, and it will be a far cry from how Juventus approached the 2017 final in Cardiff.