Zidane delivered Real Madrid to a third consecutive UEFA Champions League finals in a row after his trust in Benzema yielded to two goals that condemned Bayern Munich at a similar stage again on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid through Karim Benzema’s brace earned the entitlement for the finals as Joshua Kimmich and James Rodriquez efforts couldn’t stop the European goliaths.
Although Real Madrid were outplayed by the Bundesliga giants in a week’s double legged battle, Zinadine Zidane’s boys’ determination to focus on goals rather than possession enabled them qualify on an aggregate of 4-3.
According to Zidane who reinstated Benzema to starting lineup, the competition in the continent is full of suffering.
“In football you have to suffer and especially in the Champions League. We know you can’t get to the final of it without suffering, and it’s nicer this way. It’s not great for your heart, though.”
Zidane has endured pressure from the demanding Real Madrid as they fell short by 15 points behind this season’s Laliga champions Barcelona.
His trust in Karim Benzema to start was not in vain hence found breathing space after managing a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich and qualify on superior aggregate advantage.
The former Real Madrid player and now coach says the El blancos has fighting attitude in the DNA.
“It’s in the DNA of the club. We never stop fighting up to the very last minute, just as the Bayern players did tonight.”
As they face Liverpool who lost to Roma 4-2 but qualified on a 7-6 aggregate on Wednesday 2nd May, Zinadine Zidane will be looking forward to ensure his side writes history of winning the champions league trophy in three consecutive years.