It hasn’t been a great season domestically for Real Madrid this season as Zinedine Zidane’s men currently find themselves well off the pace in La Liga, a staggering 15 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Real are currently third in the division, 7 points adrift of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but while they look like they will have to make do with a top four finish, could they be destined for yet more success in Europe?
Real Madrid are currently looking to defend their Champions League trophy for a record-breaking third time and you could say that winning the trophy for the thirteenth would save Real’s season from disaster and possibly even keep Zinedine Zidane in a job. There has been a lot of criticism directed in the way of Zidane and his players this season for their performance in La Liga but they’re looking superb in Europe once again.
After Madrid made it out of Group H as runners-up and were pitted against money-laden Paris Saint-Germain, which many were declaring as the tie of the round, not many people held out much hope for Zidane’s men. However, Real were victorious in the home leg 3-1 after falling behind to an Adrien Rabiot goal before they finished the job at the Parc des Princes by winning 2-1.
With PSG once again being tipped as one of the major contenders in this year’s competition it will be a great boost for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they discover who they will play in the quarterfinals next week. It’s also telling that their domestic form has improved dramatically too, Real have won 6 out of their last 8 games and while it may be too late for them to mount a challenge for top spot in La Liga, they could once again be declared top dogs in Europe.
Real Madrid’s upsurge in fortunes has also coincided with their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo once again finding his feet in front of goal to devastating effect. In his last 4 appearances in La Liga, the Portuguese superstar has scored a stunning 8 goals and he’s been equally effective in Europe too. He’s played and scored in every Champions League game so far this season (8) and managed to find the net a remarkable 12 times.
When Ronaldo is in form like that he’s very capable of coming up trumps for Real Madrid even against the toughest of oppositions. You certainly wouldn’t back against Madrid triumphing over any side that makes it through to the quarter-finals which would see them go on to win their third Champions League in a row and their thirteenth in total, both of the records.
There were a lot of fans calling for Zidane’s head as manager earlier on in the season but now his side look destined once again to shine on the European front and that should certainly be enough to appease the Madrid hierarchy and fans. They won’t be pleased with Barcelona winning La Liga by such a margin but you’d expect Real to ensure this doesn’t happen again next term.