Real Madrid CF v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Following Barcelona’s failure to temporarily go top of the league after playing a goalless draw against Malaga at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid extended their lead by 4 points after bagging all 3 points away from home at the expense of bitter rivals Atletico Madrid.

The victory was Los Blancos’ 9th of the season, and they have only failed to win 3 games in the La Liga this season with the fixtures ending in draws. To say Real Madrid has been in a very fine form this term will be stating the obvious, and the side’s manager Zinedine Zidane deserves a lot of credits for it.

Apart from being unbeaten in all competitions this season (7 draws, 12 wins), Real Madrid are unbeaten in 29 games since their 2-nil loss at the hands of Wolfsburg in April in the 1st leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals.

Since taking charge of the La Liga leaders dugout in January 2016, Zidane has only lost twice, winning 34 and drawing 9 of all his 45 games in charge.

No other club across Europe’s elite leagues boasts of such incredible record, and considering it’s coming from a 44-year-old with no prior managerial experience and one whom many tipped to fail, it’s nothing but class.

10 months into his managerial career, the World Cup winner and French icon has won a Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and currently shares the record for most winning streak in La Liga’s history (16 consecutive victories) with Pep Guardiola.

And before his unprecedented success is attributed to the super Real Madrid squad alone, one would do well to remember how poor and average the same Santiago Bernabeu outfit were under Rafa Benitez.

Zidane looks to be on his way to lead Real Madrid to unchartered territories of the last decade, and he could create history with this team.

No team has won back to back UEFA Champions League titles, but Zizou’s side looks far more than capable of doing that. Regardless of currently sitting in 2nd place in their group.

At home, Barcelona are 4 points behind them after 12 Liga games, and a win over the Camp Nou outfit in the El Classico on matchday 14 come December 3 could extend the gap to as much as 7 depending on their results in next weekend’s game.

The Copa del Rey resumes fully next year, and no team looks capable of pushing Real Madrid over on current form. Barcelona lost right at the Camp Nou in their last meeting in April, while Saturday’s emphatic 3-nil defeat of Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon saw them record a league win in the Derby for the first time since March 2013.

The signs are very good. Zidane is turning Madrid into the team to beat again. Even in the face of injuries to his squad, with the likes of Ramos,
Casemiro and Kroos currently out, and Modric and Benzema just recently returning, the Frenchman has gotten the results by putting his other options to best use.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise if he leads Real Madrid to a treble this season. They have become invincible and unbeatable enough to do just exactly that.

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Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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