Zinedine Zidane Lauds 'Crazy' Third Consecutive Champions League Title

Updated: 27 May 2018 08:50 IST

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side's third successive Champions League title was "something crazy" after the Spanish giants defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday's final in Kiev.

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Zinedine Zidane said his side's third successive Champions League title was "something crazy". © AFP

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side's third successive Champions League title was "something crazy" after the Spanish giants defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday's final in Kiev. Gareth Bale scored two goals as a second-half substitute, including an outrageous overhead scissor kick, after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener. Zidane, 45, became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutive seasons, having only taken charge of the team in his first senior management role in January 2016.

"Tonight is certainly a historic moment," Zidane told BeIn Sports.

"To win three times in a row... It's something crazy to experience that. Even if we believe it, we think about it when we work hard. With a team like this, we can go far but to win three of them, it's something crazy. You have to make the most of it, and think about what the players have done together."

Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real Madrid took the trophy for the third year running.

Bale's jaw-dropping overhead kick in the 64th minute put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.

Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.

Jurgen Klopp's and Liverpool's own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

This was not to be Salah's night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.

Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale's evening.

The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco -- just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year -- before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.

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Topics : Real Madrid Liverpool Zinedine Zidane Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Football
Highlights
  • Zidane said his side's third successive title was "something crazy"
  • Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday's final in Kiev
  • Gareth Bale scored two goals as a second-half substitute
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