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Zi­dane says win­ning La Liga with Real af­ter five years gives him huge sat­is­fac­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ZINE­DINE Zi­dane de­clared that lead­ing Real Madrid to their first La Liga ti­tle in five years, and 33rd over­all, was one of the hap­pi­est days of his glit­ter­ing sport­ing ca­reer.

Real beat Malaga 2-0 on the fi­nal day of the sea­son on Sun­day to fin­ish three points clear of Barcelona and re­claim the ti­tle for the first time since 2012.

“For me the Span­ish league is the best in the world so it’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to win it,” Zi­dane told re­porters.

“It was very im­por­tant to win the league af­ter many years with­out it and we know that the league is the com­pe­ti­tion of ev­ery day and it’s a huge thing to win it. It’s even more im­por­tant for Real Madrid be­cause it’s the big­gest club in the world and we had to win it again.”

The coach also hailed his squad for em­brac­ing his ro­ta­tion pol­icy which he said had been vi­tal to win­ning the ti­tle and praised the play­ers who had ac­cepted be­ing left out of the start­ing line-up on oc­ca­sion.

“It’s a spec­tac­u­lar day, every­one de­serves credit but above all the play­ers have fought, the mes­sage has al­ways been that ev­ery player is im­por­tant and that’s been the key to this suc­cess,” he said.

“It’s been a very hard fought win, dif­fi­cult at some mo­ments but af­ter 38 games there’s no bet­ter feel­ing than be­ing at the top.”

Zi­dane has won four tro­phies in 16 months since tak­ing charge of the Span­ish gi­ants and he is one step from be­com­ing the first Real coach since 1958 to win the Euro­pean Cup and league ti­tle in the

For me the Span­ish league is the best in the world so it’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to win it.

ZINE­DINE ZI­DANE

Real Madrid coach

same sea­son.

Real meet Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on June 3 and will be bid­ding to be­come the first team to win back-to­back ti­tles since AC Mi­lan in 1990.

“I can fi­nally cel­e­brate af­ter months and months of work. There are no words to de­fine how I feel now,” added Zi­dane, whose list of achieve­ments in­clude win­ning the league ti­tle as a Real player in 2003, scor­ing the win­ning goal in the 2002 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal and cap­tur­ing the 1998 World Cup with France.

“When you’re the Real Madrid coach you know that ex­pec­ta­tions are very high but I like that. Win­ning the league is the best thing imag­in­able.” Reuters

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