With two Champions League titles under his belt but only one for LaLiga, Zinedine Zidane is at a loss as to why his Real Madrid side are so much more prolific in Europe than at home.
Wednesday’s match against Juventus presents Los Blancos with a chance to step closer towards a third consecutive Champions League crown under the Frenchman, whereas his side are cut adrift in their attempts to win him a second league title.
“I don’t have an explanation,” admitted Zidane on Tuesday.
“We want to win everything. But sometimes, like this year, our consistency hasn’t been very good.
“We had a difficult time, especially when it came to scoring. Now we are better in every aspect.
“But it has no explanation. It makes me more excited to win the league, that is the hardest thing and I also think that is what the players want.
“In the Champions League, when you look at the history of the club, you see that nobody has matched us.”
The main injury worry for Madrid is that of Jesus Vallejo,
who retured to training on Tuesday ahead of potentially filling in for the absent defensive duo of Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez.
“Jesus had a good workout, nothing has recurred,” Zidane noted.
“We don’t have any problems. If we have a problem we will adapt.”
Going into the second leg as clear favourites, thanks to their 3-0 win in Turin, Zidane fears complacency and believes any other approach would lack respect.
“It bothers me because the best thing is to not talk about [being favourites],” confessed the coach.
“What I am interested in is showing up on the pitch, not talking. We have to respect all teams.
“For example, the other day, with the match we played against Atletico Madrid, we could have lost.
“I have no explanation, that is football. The big clubs never give up, they can survive everything.”
Karim Benzema is another man likely to play a part on Wednesday and the Blancos boss admitted there are doubts in the striker’s mind at this moment in time.
“I think he is doing as he usually is,” stated Zidane.
“He says that he is suffering a bit and he would also like to score more goals.
“He is training well with his colleagues and is concentrated.Otherwise, he would like to score more and be better.”
Naturally, Cristiano Ronaldo will start at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and Zidane spoke of how the winger will be remembered at Real Madrid in the same light as the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano.
“I don’t think about playing without Cristiano,” asserted the Frenchman. “We have him and we are happy with what he does.
“There are many people who remember Di Stefano, and rightly so, because many people will remember Cristiano in the future.
“We have him and we have to take advantage of that.”
Los Merengues’ game with Juventus kicks off from the Spanish capital at 19:45 on Wednesday night.