A third European Cup, the best purpose of Real Madrid
Real Madrid parades through the Spanish capital with the Champions League trophy on June 4, 2017
Real Madrid, after a 2017 in which it has expanded its legend, aims to end 2018 in its third consecutive European Cup in 2018, which would bring it closer to other legendary teams such as Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munich from the 1970s.
The white team, despite a somewhat irregular European autumn, can not complain about the twelve months left behind, in which it has achieved five titles for the first time in a calendar year.
Among these trophies is his second Champions League and his second consecutive Club World Cup since Zidane took over the team in January 2016.
“It’s the third title so far this season and fifth of the year, that was important for us, but we’re going to continue,” Zidane said on Sunday in Abu Dhabi after winning the Porto Alegre Gremio 1-0. final of the Club World Cup, its second intercontinental crown after the 2016 in Japan.
To get there, Zidane’s men had also won the Champions League against Juventus (4-0), becoming the first team to revalidate the European crown since 1992/1993 the competition adopted its current format.
Added to this is the European Super Cup won against Manchester United in August, the Spanish Supercup against Barcelona and the 2016/2017 League, achieving the first European Cup-European Cup double for Real Madrid since 1958.
– “2017 spectacular” –
“The year 2017 has been spectacular, we made a historic season with the double of the Champions League and in my first season with Real Madrid,” said midfielder Marco Asensio.
After Christmas, “we will have six months to fight for the League, the Champions League and the Copa (del Rey). It will not be easy and I will tell everyone, but we are there,” said the white coach, who his almost two years at the head of the bench has revolutionized the way the team plays ‘merengue’.
The European Cup is shaping up as the great goal for Real Madrid, that to achieve its third ‘Orejona’ in three years, would be at the level of other legendary teams such as Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munich in the 1970s .
Ajax, commanded by Johan Cruyff on the pitch, won the European Cup three consecutive years (1971, 1972, 1973) against Panathinaikos (2-0), Inter Milan (2-0) and Juventus (1-0). ), respectively.
The Dutch team that dazzled with their ‘total football’ became the second team to own the Cup after winning three championships, something that had only achieved Real Madrid Alfredo di Stéfano, winner of the first five editions of the Cup of Europe (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960).
– Bayern take over from Ajax –
Some Spanish newspaper has not hesitated to compare this successful Real Madrid Zidane with the one that swept in Europe between the mid-1950s and 1960s with six European Cups between 1956 and 1966.
The white team would not win the Champions League until 1998, but before, another team, Bayern Munich had also won three consecutive times in the highest continental tournament.
The Bavarian team took over from Ájax to win the next three consecutive European Cups (1974, 1975, 1976) against Atlético de Madrid (1-1, 4-0 in the tiebreaker), Leeds United (2-0) and Saint-Étienne (1-0).
Bayern also entered the legend of European football and managed to take over the ‘Orejona’ property.
In 2018, Real Madrid will have the chance to continue increasing its legend if it wins its third consecutive European Cup, taking one more step to match the white team that commanded ‘Don Alfredo’.