Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has described his side’s come back as the ‘best night’ of his career after they cruise to 3-2 aggregate to secure sixth- consecutive Champions League Semi-finals qualification.
Real Madrid erased two goals deficit they suffered in the first leg in Germany fortnight ago but three times Ballon D’Or holder, Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion at Benerbeu Stadium with quick-fire hat-trick on 15, 17 and 70 minutes to sail Madrid through.
Real Madrid is the only third team in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal first leg deficit. And Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has labelled the win as his career’s best night.
“I’m very happy with what I’m doing and I’m not worried about what might happen in the future.”
“This comeback is something incredible. It’s my best night as a manager. We entered the game with a lot of intensity, showing that we wanted to be in the semi-finals.”
“There are tough moments like the first leg, but we need to use our heads because in football anything can happen.”
Ronaldo’s hat-trick remains his 34th Champions League goal in 36 knockout games since he moved Man United to Real Madrid in 2009.
In Champions League history the Portuguese is the first player to score three hat-tricks in one single season and the first player to net 15 goals or more in two campaigns in the competition.