Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to win Copa del Rey title to complete trophy set
Zinedine Zidane has won almost everything in a stellar playing and coaching career but wants to put an end to his drought in domestic cup competitions this season.
Madrid: Zinedine Zidane has won almost everything in a stellar playing and coaching career but wants to put an end to his drought in domestic cup competitions this season.
Zidane picked up FIFA's award for coach of the year on Monday having led Real Madrid to a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years.
He also won the World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and league titles in Italy and Spain as a player but failed to win a domestic cup.
"It's not a personal thing," Zidane said with a wry smile when asked if he had something against cup competitions.
Real begin their Copa del Rey campaign on Thursday away at third-tier Fuenlabrada, whose ground is named after Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres.
"Our ambition this year is to win it because we know that we can.
"For me it is not a minor trophy, for me it is an important trophy that we can win this year."
Zidane is though expected to name a much-changed side for the first leg of the last-32 tie with Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos among those afforded a day off from training on Tuesday.
Real Madrid vs Valencia is more often than not one of the standout games of each LaLiga season. The historic rivalry between Spain’s first and third-biggest cities has always been intense, both on and off the pitch.
Madrid reached the semi-finals last season but were resoundingly beaten by Chelsea, whose 3-1 win on aggregate would have been more emphatic had they not missed a cluster of chances in the second leg.
Ronald Koeman is adamant Barcelona will be better soon but he heads to Granada in La Liga on Monday under pressure, with his team accused not just of losing but of losing their identity.