Real Madird’s former assistant manager Zinedine Zidane has said there are no easy games in the Champions League and Los Blancos should take nothing for granted against Schalke later this month.
The Frenchman worked alongside Carlo Ancelotti in the first team dugout last season and helped mastermind the team’s success in Europe. On their way to winning their 10th Champions League, Real thrashed Schalke in the last 16. They won 6-1 in Germany, with Bale and Ronaldo both grabbing a brace each, and they won the return in Madrid 3-1 to go through 9-2 overall.
But speaking to German paper Die Welt, the now boss of Real Madrid Castilla urged the players to be aware of the dangers Schalke could pose.
“I would like to say that Schalke has no chance and Real will safely reach the quarter-finals. But in the knockout phase anything can happen. In two games, you have double the chance of an outsider playing above themselves. You must always be cautious, especially against a German team,” the 42-year-old said.
When asked about who he thought would make the final, he said in theory it should be Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as they are the two strongest teams in Europe, but in the Champions League it is impossible to predict what will happen.
“(Bayern-Real) would be the logical final, but logic has no place in football. Past a certain level, there are no small teams anymore, especially not in the Champions League. There are no easy victories, those days are long gone,” he stated.