Zidane's Half Time Team Talk At The 2017 Champions League Final
Most of us will never know what it's like to be in the final of a Champions League, Zinedine Zidane has come across them more than most. And now footage has been revealed of the Frenchman's half time team talk last year.
The Champions League is supposed to be pretty difficult to win, not for Zinedine Zidane. Having won it as a player the Real Madrid manager became the first manager to win it back-to-back, in only his second year of management.
So far in his time in the Real hotseat Zizou has made things look pretty easy. In fact things were so easy for him at the end of last season that Los Blancos beat Juventus 4-1 in the final.
However after 45 minutes things were a lot closer than that with Juve actually level at 1-1 following Mario Mandžukić's absolute worldie that cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener.
So what exactly did Zizou tell his players in the break to inspire them to their 12th Champions League title? Well the club have released the footage of inside the changing room at half time:
Credit: Real Madrid.
The tactics discussed at half time clearly worked with Casemiro making it 2-1 just after the hour mark and Ronaldo adding his second not long after. Marco Asensio's goal in injury time just put the icing on the cake.
A lot has happened in a short amount of time though and Zidane, having won the Champions League and La Liga last season, now finds himself under pressure in the Bernabeu hot seat.
This season Real were fancied to continue their dominance but that hasn't materialised and the chances of retaining their Spanish title are over, being 19 points off Barcelona in top, and they're still in a battle to finish in the Champions League places.
Zidane's position as manager in now under threat, with the club also out of the Copa del Rey, and he now needs to make sure that his side become the first to win the Champions League three times in a row.
That won't be easy though with their second round match against one of the other favourites PSG.
Eight months is a long time in football, especially when you're Real Madrid boss.