Former Real Madrid defender: Zidane already a great coach

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi beside Real Madrid's midfielder Isco during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo vies with Atletico Madrid's midfielder Gabi beside Real Madrid's midfielder Isco during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has warned Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain not to let their friendship lull him into a false sense of security for next month's Champions League final, and insisted "sparks are going to fly" in Cardiff.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Diego Simeone's side scored twice in the first 16 minutes through Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann to give themselves hope of a stunning comeback at the expense of the holders. The German saw his fierce strike saved by Jan Oblak, only for Isco to nip in and score the crucial goal of the tie.

Atletico have now reached at least the semi-finals of the European Cup in three of the last four seasons, however, and Torres has said that the club "have taken another step in belief" as they bid to finally land the title.

Ultimately, the damage from the first leg was irreversible as Real beat their neighbours in the competition for the fourth successive season.

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has admitted that he can only be allowed to continue by the club, if he delivers trophies. They knew Atletico had tried everything possible, but the damage had been done eight days before at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Atletico hassled and harried the visitors, creating gaps in a panicky away defence.

"In fact he already is, and I'm sure he will keep up his good work at Real Madrid".

The Champions League final should not distract Zidane's men of this goal, the most important one to claim the label of best Spanish team of the season. The update comes as the Merengues get ready for what Zidane has called "four finals" in pursuit of La Liga and Champions League crowns.

La Liga leaders Real looked flustered as the noise was ramped up by the home supporters. "We know that they're tough opposition, but we have things to play for and we have to fight for them".

Madrid sports daily reported on Saturday that Zidane is set to be handed a contract extension to 2020 as a reward for his spectacular success since taking charge in January past year.

"My best memory of the Champions League is the semi-final against Chelsea in 2009", he said.

Atletico moved into the bowl-like stadium in 1966, but will leave this summer for a state-of-the-art 76,000-seat stadium on the eastern outskirts of the Spanish capital.

The European champions host Sevilla in their final home game of the season before travelling to Celta Vigo and Malaga.

Last Tuesday saw Real Madrid produce a convincing display and Cristiano Ronaldo score a hat-trick against an Atletico side that was nearly unrecognisable to the team that is usually so hard to beat, reports Xinhua news agency.

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