Go for more glory: Zidane to Real Madrid

Updated: 18 December, 2017 11:55 IST | PA Sport | Abu Dhabi

Zidane wants Real Madrid to continue title run after winning Club World Cup

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane challenged his side to achieve even more this season after retaining their FIFA Club World Cup title with a 1-0 win over Brazilian side Gremio in Abu Dhabi. A superb free-kick from Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock after 53 minutes, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner clipping the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner.

Jubilant Real Madrid players after winning the FIFA Club World Cup against Gremio in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Jubilant Real Madrid players after winning the FIFA Club World Cup against Gremio in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Pic/AFP

The hard-earned victory over a stubborn Gremio team at the Zayed Sports City Stadium was Real's third FIFA Club World Cup since 2014, equalling the record of La Liga rivals Barcelona. It also added a fifth trophy in the calendar year following success in La Liga, the Champions League, Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup. With ground to make up at home behind leaders Barcelona, Valencia and city rivals Atletico, Zidane maintains the hard work must continue - which will start with El Clasico on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

'A great moment'
"It is a great moment for all Madridistas and everyone who loves this club. There have been some great brilliant moments and we are witnessing them first hand," Zidane told a press conference. "We have to enjoy today, the balance is good and we must continue in this manner." The Real Madrid coach added: "We have won our fifth [trophy] this year and we will keep on. Now we must enjoy, rest up and think about the rest of the season."

'Hope Ron retires at Real'
Zidane wants Ronaldo to finish his career with Los Blancos. "It's crucial for us that he stays here right until the end of his career," Zidane was quoted as saying by the club's official website.

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First Published: 18 December, 2017 08:33 IST

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