‘Zidane has been key … he is the captain of the ship’: Sergio Ramos praises the influence of the Real Madrid coach after the Frenchman leads the LaLiga title after a ten-game winning streak
- Real Madrid won their 34th LaLiga title after a 2-1 victory over Villarreal
- Sergio Ramos has praised ‘unique’ Zinedine Zidane and his influence on the team
- It is Madrid’s first title in three years and comes after a winning run
Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos saluted manager Zinedine Zidane as a ‘unique coach’ after leading the club to a first LaLiga title in three years.
Real’s 2-1 win over Villarreal at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium on Thursday night earned them a 34th Spanish league title with a match to spare, one evening when arch-rivals Barcelona slipped into a Nou 2-1 defeat to Osasuna in a shock Kamp.
Ramos raised the trophy in an empty stadium and paid tribute to the Frenchman who had brought the title back to Madrid thanks to a winning run of 10 games after the lockdown.
Sergio Ramos praised the influence Zinedine Zidane has had on their LaLiga title success
Real Madrid players hoist Zidane into the air as they celebrate the club’s 34th La Liga title
He told LaLiga TV: “Zidane has been the key. He is the captain of the ship and led us from the beginning of the season. He has a lot of confidence in all of us players and we have always felt protected with Zizu.
“He believed in us, we all believed in the work we did and let’s hope it is well appreciated. He is a unique coach.
“It was a strange season, but our goal was very clear when the competition started again: we wanted to win every game. We had no doubts and we showed that on the field.
“It’s hard to win every game – you can’t win these games easily, every rival is hard – but this is the reward for all our hard work and I’m very happy with my fifth title.”
The double by Karim Benzema, who brought his score to 21 for the season, eventually won, but a late header by Vicente Iborra caused a late storm surge in which goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to make a significant save.
The Belgian international also kept special praise for his manager.
Zidane called winning the league more important than the Champions League he won
He said, “Zidane has been very important. He made the plan we followed. We all trusted him, he trusted us. We had a very clear goal at the beginning of the season and we achieved it. ‘
The man himself raved about the club’s title success and admitted that meeting the goal he set for himself when he returned to Bernabeu last March was even better than winning the Champions League.
Zidane said: “The Champions League is the Champions League, but the Spanish league takes so much effort, 38 games, and if you have more points than anyone at the end of those 38 games, it’s great.
Thibaut Courtois also said that Zidane was important and that the players trusted him
“Today is one of the best days for me as a professional and after all that has happened, the three-month break, it is fantastic what has been achieved.
“I had my part to play. I believe in the players and I’m just happy for them because they are a group of people for football players. They are good people.
“I’m just happy, I’m just very happy.”