Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has admitted that it would be a ‘failure’ if Los Blancos failed to reach the Champions League Final in Milan later this month.
Real Madrid who have a “100% fit” Cristiano Ronaldo for the decider against Manchester City are bidding to reach their 14th European Cup final as they welcome the Etihad side in their first semi-final with the tie all square at 0-0.
Zidane and his boys are level at 0-0 with Manchester City after the first leg at the Etihad last week and prior to the return at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, the Frenchman was asked what bowing out at the smei-final stage would mean to the club and he answered thus:
“It’d be a failure. We’re in good form and we want to go through. It’s a very difficult game and if we don’t go through it’s a failure, because that’s what we want,” he replied, AS reports.
“It will be more difficult than the first leg, because everything will be decided. We’re conscious of that. We will respect the opponent, because they have very good players, especially in attack.
“It won’t be the same as the return leg against Wolfsburg. We can’t score two or three goals in 15 minutes. That doesn’t exist. We’re going to suffer from minute one to minute 90. It’ll be a game to work hard.
“Hopefully the 90 minutes is like the second half [of the first leg], and score a goal, which is most important. We have to play football, to press in attack and put in the intensity of a semi-final. They’re also playing to go through.” Zidane is quoted as saying on UEFA.com
While this is a first semi-final in the competition for City, Madrid are in the last four for a record 27th time – they have won 13 and lost 13 of their previous semi-finals.
Zidane and his team, meanwhile are in their 32nd European semi-final; their record is W17 L14. Although they are in a sixth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final, they have won only once in that sequence – against FC Bayern München in 2013/14, when they went on to win a tenth title.