At first, people thought that Zinedine Zidane’s flower would wither quickly but the Real Madrid coach has followed up his first Champions League crown with another and a LaLiga title.
Now in his third year and concluding a calamitous league campaign, the flower argument is no longer used to minimise Los Blancos’ success.
Now, the goal seems to be reduce the teams who they face to nothing in an attempt to almost belittle their achievements.
It is funny but this Real side wasn’t really discussed until the win in Germany.
Years ago, returning from Munich with a win would have meant an escort from Barajas airport but that’s no longer the case.
In the space of two weeks, Bayern have gone from a team who swept through the Bundesliga and were serious Champions League contenders to a club in decline.
Curiously, the same thing happened to Juventus.
The great and admirable goalkeeper and captain of the Italian side, Gianluigi Buffon, went from that to a shot-stopper with limitations.
There is also no forgetting the Paris Saint-Germain episode, a team who Real Madrid overcame in both games and who went from being Europe’s real danger side to little more than a toy without batteries in Unai Emery and Nasser Al Khelaifi’s hands.
Suddenly, the wolf became a helpless lamb, which was even more curious still.
It is true that Madrid are still a side who cause doubts but to win twice in Germany (Munich and Dortmund), Turin and Paris in the same season is something of great merit and is down to the players and Zidane’s decisions.
Or perhaps now the tactical changes don’t matter anymore, even when it is the much-demanded substitutions of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
It is just that now, these little details don’t matter so much anymore because Real have found the perfect ecosystem in Europe.
The club will demand, as they have done in recent months, that they do much better in the domestic championship.
But to deny the merits of some players who have played eight Champions League semi-finals is absurd and shows the phobia many have to Florentino Perez’s club triumphing.
On Tuesday, Bayern will arrive at the Bernabeu and look to overturn the tie.
It is football and anything can happen, as was demonstrated in the quarter-final, but to reduce their successes to nothing or claim it is helped by refereeing decisions is to flirt with ignorance.
It was the same that happened years ago with Los Cules’ victories.
The ignorant are daring.