Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid once again triumphed in adversity as they saw off Borussia Monchengladbach to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

It’s been a signature feature of Zidane’s two tenures in charge of Los Blancos, but even more so this term, as the club have spluttered both domestically and in Europe.

The first crisis reared its head ahead of the Clasico in November, with awful defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk preceding that. So, what did Real Madrid do? Win 3-1 of course.

It was the same story on Wednesday night, as they saw off a tough Gladbach outfit and in so doing even topped their group.

Perhaps Inter coach Antonio Conte summed it up best.

“The game was like a final, and Madrid always win those,” he said. Continue reading

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