'Spectacular' Madrid have Zidane dancing
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Real Madrid's "spectacular year" meant coach Zinédine Zidane "felt like dancing" after a famous first in Cardiff, leaving Massimiliano Allegri to admit Juventus had fallen short.
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Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
I feel extremely happy. It's been a spectacular year. You couldn't dream of anything better. We won the league on the very last day, and it's very difficult to reach the Champions League final two years running – we've done it. We played a great team; the first half was difficult but in the second half we were clearly superior. We pressed a lot more and physically we won the game there too. So I'm very happy.
The first half was more even; Juventus came out very strongly and had lots of the ball. In the second half, we were superior. At half-time I told the players to carry on doing what they were doing, but to put more energy into their pressing and passing, and we were spectacular in that second half. Our passing and movement was fantastic – it's not easy to score four goals against Juventus.
I'm part of this team. The key to our success is that everyone has felt important this season, everyone has made a contribution. The connection between this group of players is fantastic. When you have that in your squad, plus talent, you have a good chance. We've worked very hard all season and everyone's been important – that's been the key for us this season.
I'm very happy and grateful to this great club for having given me this opportunity to coach these fantastic players. I'm really happy – I almost feel like dancing, and I owe that feeling to this club. I consider myself a "man of the house" here, it's the club of my heart. Now it's important to enjoy what we've done.
There's no doubt [this is a great day]: no one had retained the Champions League and we've managed to do it. Today is a historic day for the whole Madrid family – players, staff, all our fans. Next year is going to be even harder, and we're going to have to work very, very hard to win again, but today we can enjoy the fact that we've shown we're a very good team.
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
Firstly, let me congratulate my boys on what they've done this season – it's been an extraordinary season. We've won the league, cup and reached this final so I have to thank them. In the first half we played beautifully; in the second, Real Madrid pressed the accelerator and we weren't able to respond. Football can be a nightmare; Pjanić's shot was deflected and so was Casemiro's, and only one of them went in.
I never thought we were favourites. Real Madrid weren't in the final by chance – they have big players. Tonight they defended really well, so it wasn't easy for our forwards to get through. We played a great first half, all the players, but after conceding the second goal we should have stayed in the game.
We actually created a couple of chances when we'd gone 2-1 down but we weren't able to take them. We need to improve our management of games and our use of the ball; we need to learn when to accelerate and when to slow down.
I don't think Juventus have reached the end of a cycle at all. Buffon and Barzagli will still be with us next season and they still have a lot to give us. Clearly we need to improve the team to achieve a higher level of technical quality, but after the holidays we'll go back to work with a new motivation. Football gives you the chance to go again next year.
Juventus are still growing, still improving – if we can bring in some new players and integrate them into what we have then we'll be really competitive again in next season's UEFA Champions League.