Sport Zidane got everything wrong – Mijatovic fears Real Madrid boss will pay for Champions League exit
Champions League exclusion talk is 'absurd', insists Zidane
UEFA wants to punish European Super League clubs, but Zinedine Zidane does not think Real Madrid should be banned from the Champions League.Madrid were among the 12 founding clubs of the competition that was announced earlier this month, with club president Florentino Perez installed as the Super League's chairman.
Zinedine Zidane "got everything wrong" in Real Madrid's Champions League loss to Chelsea and could pay the price, Predrag Mijatovic has warned.
Madrid were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in the second leg on Wednesday as Timo Werner and Mason Mount secured a 3-1 aggregate win in the semi-final.
It could have been a far more convincing scoreline had the Blues been more clinical at Stamford Bridge, while Madrid, who had 68 per cent of the ball, had only one shot on target after the 36th minute.
With Sergio Ramos back but the likes of Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez injured, Zidane opted for a 3-4-3 system in which his players rarely looked comfortable.
Zidane refuses to discuss Super League amid Perez criticism
Perez spearheaded the failed breakaway Super League, coming under great pressure in the wake of the competition's spectacular collapse just 48 hours after it was announced.Perez spearheaded the failed breakaway Super League, coming under great pressure in the wake of the competition's spectacular collapse.
Edouard Mendy made two good saves from Karim Benzema in the first half but the Chelsea goalkeeper was largely a spectator as he kept an eighth clean sheet in the competition this season, a record for a goalkeeper at an English club.
Madrid could still end the season by defending their league title – they trail leaders Atletico Madrid by just two points with four games left – but former Madrid striker Mijatovic fears the loss to Chelsea may inflict lasting damage.
"Chelsea were really superior in everything: intensity, rhythm, creating chances. We like Zidane and he's done many things, but he got everything wrong," he told Cadena Ser.
"This tie will do a lot of damage to Zidane. So did the previous year, although the league covered some things. Zidane has got a lot of things wrong and that resulted in Madrid's elimination.
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy 'passed fit for Chelsea'
The centre-back has only played three matches in over the last four months and it is unknown whether Zinedine Zidane will name Ramos in the starting side at Stamford Bridge. Left-back Ferland Mendy is also set to return to the Madrid squad as he also resumed full training after suffering an injury in another huge boost for Zidane.
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"When they started the game and you saw they didn't want to change the picture, with poor Vinicius playing in a position that isn't his, Madrid did practically nothing.
"The team went out totally confused, without knowing what to do. We'll see what happens in LaLiga. The feelings you get from Madrid offer little to think the season will end well."
Former Madrid goalkeeper Santiago Canizares praised Mendy for his decisive saves from Benzema, which ensured Chelsea took a 1-0 lead into half-time.
"Chelsea are not just physical. They have really good tactics and a great attacking and defensive balance. They're a very tough nut to crack," he said.
"We didn't see phases of superiority from Madrid. The two chances Madrid had where from Benzema, but Mendy won the game."
Zidane's rallying cry caught on microphones at Stamford Bridge
The Spanish giants need to get on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge after Thomas Tuchel's side scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of their tie in Madrid last week as the pair played out a 1-1 draw.The Spanish giants need to get on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge after Thomas Tuchel's side scored a crucial away goal in the first leg of their tie in Madrid last week as the two European giants played out a 1-1 draw.
Zidane guided Madrid to three consecutive Champions League triumphs from 2016 to 2018, but they lost at the last-16 stage in the previous two seasons before succumbing to Chelsea this time.
Midfielder Casemiro, who feels Madrid have been left with little in the tank after a challenging year with injuries, felt their defeat proved just what a remarkable run it was to win the tournament three years running.
"We were better in the first 25 minutes, we had two chances with Karim," he said. "Then they played better, they had more chances, but there's no turning back now, we have to think about LaLiga.
"I think Chelsea were superior and played better than us. After the year we've had with injuries, absences, COVID, without fans... we've tried. But they were better. We can't be sad now, we have to think about Sevilla [on Saturday].
"We showed that what we did was historic. It's not easy to win the Champions League. We showed again that it's not easy to win this."
Zidane says 'there are moments when you have to change' amid Madrid resignation talk .
Amid talk of him quitting at the end of the season, Zinedine Zidane did little to quiet speculation over his Real Madrid future.ZIdane has a contract with Madrid until the end of next season but reports have suggested he will end his second stint as the club's coach prematurely even if they win LaLiga. Madrid trail city rivals Atletico Madrid by two points with two games remaining.