Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has described the club as the ‘club of his life’ last night after leading them to a historic 11th Champions League title – the third of his career both as a player and a coach.
The Frenchman scored the goal that won them their ninth Champions League title in 2002; was number two to Carlo Ancelotti when they won their tenth in 2014; and now he has managed the club to its 11th European Cup.
He said after the game: “This is the club of my life. It has given me the chance to excel in everything.”
Asked if he would have believed he could lead the side to a Champions League when he was managing the B-team at Christmas he added: “It is something I dreamed about.”
Zidane laughed off suggestions Ronaldo had not been fit.
He said: “Ronaldo was not injured. He ran so much, fought so much and he was the player who had the last word with the final penalty,” he also had some words of consolation for Diego Simeone who he called ‘a brilliant coach.’
Zidane’s end of season run was incredible guiding the side to 11 straight wins in the league and now their 11th Champions League.
“I am happy with what we have all achieved,” he said. “It is not easy to win this trophy. We had cramp at the end but we came through.”