On Tuesday, the Real Madrid boss achieved something no one had managed in the club’s history: win in Dortmund. With this victory, Zidane overcame the umpteenth challenge thrown at him since taking charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane’s side arrived at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night with the bit between their teeth. “It’s a challenge,” the French coach said before the game, aware that Madrid had never managed to bring down the ‘Yellow Wall’. This time, however, Madrid tore through the German side, rewriting history once again with Zidane at the helm.
In just two years in charge he has won seven titles. The numbers, without a doubt, are astonishing. When many people expected the cracks to appear after his first season, Zidane disproved all theories and became the first coach to win two consecutive Champions League titles. Juventus, Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid couldn’t stop Zidane’s Madrid side achieve what seemed like an impossible feat.
The side from the Spanish capital had forgotten what it was like to win the double. They had gone 59 years without winning La Liga and the Champions League in the same year…until Zidane came along. Barca put the pressure on but Madrid didn’t cave in and secured the league title in the final game of last season.
The managerial rookie, who has already achieved more than most managers do throughout an entire career, saw his team score in 74 consecutive matches, and also went 40 games unbeaten (between April 2016 and January 2017).
Zidane knows that “the most difficult things are yet to come”. He and his players have their sights set on winning the treble for the first time in Madrid history, which would involve winning a third consecutive Champions League title and showing that with Zidane, history means nothing.