The French technical director of the merengue team had never been left out in his three appearances in the highest continental competition.
Since the arrival of Zinedine Zidane to the bank of Real Madrid, on January 4, 2016, the Whites had never been eliminated in the Champions League. But always or almost always, of course, there is a first time. And the French suffered his first fall against Manchester City in an atypical 2020.
The Frenchman successfully overcame his first trial by fire, winning the Orejona in its premiere in the 2015-16 edition. Rome, Wolfsburg and Manchester City were the rivals the Merengues had on the way to the Lisbon final, where they beat Atlético de Madrid on penalties.
This spectacular start of the French coach in the highest continental competition was followed by the second consecutive consecration, in the 2016-2017 academic year, in which they eliminated Napoli, Bayern and Atlético, to finally beat Juventus in Cardiff, and sign the double that no one had succeeded (no club or coach), under the new format of the European competition.
Zizou’s success continued the following year, after leaving behind PSG, Juventus and Bayern, to win the final against Liverpool. In total, Zidane could boast of accumulating nine heats in his favor, three finals and no eliminations. His first elimination appeared in August 2020.
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