Zinedine Zidane has defeated 4 out of the 5 opposing teams that Real Madrid cold potentially face in the Champions League round of 16, with the exception of RB Leipzig, who he has never faced.
Real Madrid finished second in group A. Although its considered worse to go through as number two because you will most likely have to face a better team, Real Madrid has won most of its recent Champions League trophies having entered the knockout stages in second position.
Next year Real Madrid could potentially face Liverpool (last year’s winner), who they got the best of in the 2018 final, with goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, for a third straight title.
Then there is Juventus, Zizou’s old club and Cristiano’s “new” club. Although there is a long history between these 2 clubs, including the 4-1 2017 final win by Madrid, the main attraction would be going up against Madrid’s former superstar, Cristiano. How would fans receive him?
If history runs deep with Real Madrid and Juve, it’s no different with Bayern Munich. The German team has been on the receiving end as of late, being knocked out by Madrid several times, highlighted by the demolition of Pep’s squad at the Allianz Arena 0-4.
Manchester city was Zidane’s first semifinal opponent as head coach. It was a tight draw with Real Madrid pulling out the win on a sole goal from 2 matches.
With the exception of Leipzig, any of these team will make for a mouthwatering round of 16.