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Zidane hailed as Real Madrid’s “special” one by star Ramos before Champions League final

Date Posted,June 1, 2017

Zinedine Zidane has the “special” qualities to help Real Madrid make Champions League history.

Boss Zidane is hoping to help the Spanish giants become the first team since 1990 to win the trophy in two consecutive seasons.

And Real defender Sergio Ramos believes the fact their manager was an all-time great as a player has helped him manage the Bernabeu’s dressing room of superstars.

Ahead of Saturday night’s final against Juventus in Cardiff, Ramos said: “Zizou is a very special coach – he has not been here long but already he has won the Champions League, and La Liga, and now we have a chance to win consecutive Champions Leagues.

Zidane and his Real Madrid players flew in to Cardiff on Friday (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“From the first day, he unified the team – he has the humility and the personality to be able to do that.

“He played in every big game there was as a player – and because he has that experience he understands how to prepare the players for these big games.”

Zidane has only been a senior manager for 17 months, since succeeding Rafa Benitez last January, but in that time has won last year’s Champions League final and the UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and La Liga this term.

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Victory at the Principality Stadium this weekend would make Real the first club to win back-to-back European Cups in the Champions League era.

Ramos believes they will face a huge task in trying to beat Juventus, singling out Gianluigi Buffon as one of Europe’s all-time greats.

He added: “This Juventus team is very special – they are especially organised in defence.

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“With [keeper Gianluigi] Buffon they have a true legend – and one of the most special players I have seen in my career.

“Also, I have a lot of praise for their defenders who make it very hard to score against them – but Real Madrid have attacking players who are capable of scoring goals against the best defences in Europe.”

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