The one of Chelsea It will be the fourth semifinal in five years for Zidane as coach of the Real Madrid. The Frenchman, whenever he has reached this penultimate step, has surpassed it and, therefore, the white team starts as a favorite ahead of the blue.
Just last year, eliminated by Pep Guardiola in eighths, Zidane stayed away from the semifinals and now, what he is looking for is to face the Catalan coach (if he Real Madrid Y Manchester City are still in contention by then) in the final of Istanbul.
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The first semifinal he lived Zidane It was in the 15/16 season against the Manchester City scored by Mauricio Pellegrini. The English team, in a remarkable season, managed to beat their Champions League record and reach the ‘semis’ but there they ran into a Real Madrid that, after the 0-0 of the first leg in Manchester, won by a solo 1-0 (Gareth Bale) in the Bernabeu to certify his place in the Milan final against the Atlético de Madrid.
KO to Atlético and Bayern Munich
Already in the following seasons, on his way to the finals of Cardiff Y Kiev that in the end they would win, Zidane also surpassed the semifinals against Atlético de Madrid Y Bayern Munich respectively.
Before the mattresses, Zidane gained a 3-0 lead in the first leg that he later had to fight at the Calderón and which he overcame thanks to losing 2-1 with a goal from Isco. Already the following year, against Bayern Munich, history repeated itself, winning by 1-2 in Germany and keeping a draw at two in Madrid that assured him the position in what, so far, is the last final of Champions of the white team.
So this time before him Chelsea, Zidane seeks to continue with his unbeaten in the ‘semis’ and collect another final more than Champions, which would be the fourth, and fight for a title that, at the beginning of the season, almost everyone gave up for lost.