“There is still a long way to go in the Champions League. We know that the next rounds will be even more difficult, but the team is ready.” Those were Cristiano Ronaldo’s words following another 2-0 win over Roma that the aggregate score to a 4-0 win for Real Madrid. Los Merengues have had a rough season so far, particularly domestically in La Liga and Copa Del Rey but their form in the Champions League hasn’t been affected. Now that they are only four games away from the final, it is logical that they put their focus and effort on winning the trophy for a historic eleventh time.
Real Madrid have not conceded a goal in the past 720 minutes of Champions League football and have won seven games and drawn only one so far this term scoring a total of 23 goals in the process, more than any other team. Their form in the competition has been outstanding and Ronaldo hasn’t stopped scoring at all. Currently Bayern Munich, Barcelona, PSG and Juventus are the top candidates to win the trophy but with all of the four mentioned aiming to win domestic leagues and cups, Real Madrid have nothing else to focus on. Zidane’s team was struggling to grind results in La Liga but that is understandable considering the situation of the team he inherited from Rafa Benitez. The side was lacking in confidence and motivation and perhaps they have come to the realization that the league is a lost cause since Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are on top form.
Madrid is the team with the most trophies in the history of the tournament and the burden of winning the decimal no longer haunts them after their triumph over Atletico Madrid two years ago. They will try their best to make it work in their favor knowing full well that winning the Champions League can make the difference between a great season and a disaster. Moreover, Real’s squad is more suited to play knock-out football than a whole season. They are sprinters, not marathon runners and the European competition allows them to go through by putting in one good performance every two games.