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Real Madrid's aura sees them through Champions League

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Real Madrid's aura sees them through Champions League

Postby Piseth2981 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:17 am

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It was evident on Joshua Kimmich's face as he wheeled away to celebrate Bayern Munich's opener beer789 against Real Madrid on Wednesday night. This was the right back's third goal in the Champions League this season, but there was an air of surprise around his strike. As if something had just happened that wasn't supposed to. It hinted at a lack of belief in the Bavarians.At no point did Bayern Munich exude self-assurance in their performance against the double defending European champions. Even when they held the lead, even when they were on top, there was always a sense that Real Madrid would get a result to take back to the Spanish capital for next week's return leg. So it ultimately transpired.Zinedine Zidane's side were far from impressive in Bavaria, particularly struggling for control of the ball in the first half. Perhaps for the first time in this season's Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo toiled, with Isco hooked at the break as Zidane made wholesale changes to his system. Things improved in the second half, but Real Madrid's aura is what gave them the advantage against Bayern.It's been this way all the way through this season's Champions League. The purest manifestation of this came in the round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, a season-defining fixture for both teams involved. At the time of the draw, the French side were considered by many to be favourites to win the whole competition. This was billed as their shot at a breakthrough, and yet they played in both legs with a lack of belief.Some put it down as experience, with Sergio Ramos alluding to this after Wednesday night's win at the Allianz Arena. "The truth is that we knew what we were in for," he said. "We've shown that we win, regardless of who plays."

But Bayern Munich are also a team beer789 who boast substantial pedigree at this elite level of the sport. They too know what it takes to win the Champions League. Real's superiority is down to the way they make opponents doubt themselves.Pep Guardiola's Manchester City possess the same thing. While there is no doubting the quality of the Premier League champions, opposition teams take to the pitch in the mindset that they have already lost. That it doesn't matter what they do, how well they play, City will come out on top. Only when teams like Liverpool press them high and attack are their vulnerabilities exposed. To whomever truly backs themselves against Real Madrid in this season's Champions League, there could be a big reward. Juventus came close to pulling it off in the second leg of the quarter finals at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but even with the scoreline at 3-0 and the match heading for extra time, Real Madrid still held conviction in their own superiority, finding a way to squeeze through. Having won three of the last four Champions League titles, there's a certain inevitability to Real Madrid making it four from the last five this season. It felt that way for the full 90 minutes against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, which is quite the feat given the experience and pedigree that the Bundesliga champions possess in their own right. Mentally, Real Madrid are just on another level right now. This is Zidane's legacy. This is why he deserves to be lauded as the best coach in Europe right now. From the moment he was took his place in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu dugout, there has been an aura to Real Madrid, particularly in the Champions League. With Zidane at the helm, there's a natural order to things and that has manifested itself in the thinking of opposition players. Does anyone truly believe that they can stop Real Madrid in Europe this season? The answer is in the mind. beer789
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