Real Madrid have won the Champions League for a record 11 times. His record establishes all the credentials of the success of the club in the European competition. In this season also, they have been performing exceedingly well. They are currently unbeaten in the whole tournament, goes to show their sheer domination in the League.
Champions League is considered to be the most important trophy that can be won by a European club. Top teams of the top flight leagues get a chance to have a go against each other. Mere participation in the league is of huge importance to certain budding clubs. It plays a critical role in transforming a small club into a big club. When a minor club proceeds further in the Champions League, along with the prestige and respect, comes the all important cash. This helps the clubs to become financially stable and sign huge talents from across the globe. Established players also look for clubs that consistently participate in the Champions League, so that, they can play the highest level of football.
The king of Bernabeu:-
Ronaldo has been a goal scoring machine for the Galacticos. He is undoubtedly “the king of Bernabeu”. Ronaldo has contributed a lot to the success of the club in the League. He has consistently scored 10 or more goals, in every season, in the Champions League ever since joining Real Madrid. His record is the testament to the fact that Ronaldo has played a key role in the success of the team from Bernabeu.
Real Madrid have always been considered a graveyard for the managers. The president, Florentino Perez, has shown no mercy to the trophy less managers. The standard of the club is set so high that not many managers can match that level. Hence, often we see a change in the managerial position of the club. This enables the club to gather plethora of trophies and quality managers. So, quality managers form a huge part of the Real Madrid success. Currently, the reign is in the hands of Zinadine Zidane, who has been consistently giving results, the sole reason of him still surviving at the club.
Lucas Vazquez’s take on it:-
"Real Madrid have that special connection with Europe and Champions League matches," Vazquez said to Codere Apuestas.
"The fans transmit the importance to us and when you play a Champions League game, you get goosebumps, there is no better feeling in the world than that.
"Every match against Atletico is difficult because they are a great team, with great players. We know how to beat them and we'll try to do everything possible to do so."
Vazquez came on as a substitute in the final victory over Atletico in Milan in 2016 and cherishes the memory.
"I tried not to think about the importance of match I was playing in," he said.
"In those games you have to be more relaxed than ever to try to help the team to win the Champions League.
"When Zidane calls you to say you are playing you get that feeling in your stomach. In the end the reward was worth it."