Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez: What Zidane told me about Cardiff axe

Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez: What Zidane told me about Cardiff axe

Ronaldo scored twice in the 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff as Real became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in the modern era.

"I told the players to keep what they were doing but to play wider and put more pressure on them, and I said that when we got the ball play as you know how", Zidane said. "I am happy, these are good moments".

It was Zidane's stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen that won Real the 2002 title in Glasgow, while a year ago, five months after replacing Rafael Benitez as coach, he breathed new life into a demotivated team and took them to the Champions League trophy.

"It will be tough to do better than this year, because we could have done something truly incredible this season".

The lead was quickly doubled by Cristiano Ronaldo in a typical leathal-poacher style.

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Madrid, though, could have been back in front once more in the 33rd minute when Marcelo got to the byline and picked out Ronaldo in the middle, but the Portugal captain miscued his header and missed the target. It is a long season but I am motivated.

Madrid became the first team to defend the European Cup successfully since Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan in 1990 and the first to achieve the feat since the competition relaunched as the Champions League in 1992.

Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans called for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a fifth Ballon d'Or on Sunday as the Spanish giants paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.

"He (Zidane) is the only one to win two consecutive Champions Leagues", added Perez.

Beyond his assist, the 31-year-old's elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.

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He scored only nine goals for Madrid this season, with his last goal coming in a Spanish league game against Villarreal in February.

"Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year".

Okay, I have been fighting this for quite a few years now but it simply can not go on like this anymore.

For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions, the focus on Ronaldo's Welsh team mate Gareth Bale, the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner's medal and everything else that had occupied minds and column inches, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines.

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