I’ve been thinking of writing this article for a few hours now but I just couldn’t figure out where to begin. What we witnessed on Wednesday was something I don’t think we’d witness many more times during our lifetime. Scoring one goal against that resilient City defense was tough in itself, but scoring two in the space of 100 seconds is something only a team like Real Madrid would’ve been able to do, and they proved they are the comeback kings of Europe with yet another win, this time against a team like Manchester City.
Here are the three things I managed to get my thoughts together for.
“But at the end, we are Real Madrid” – Toni Kroos
This was a quote by Toni Kroos from what it feels like a long time ago, just after Real Madrid were drawn against PSG for the round-of-16 clash.
He could not have said a more iconic line than that. That’s literally the takeaway of the season. That’s what this team feeds off of. They know they are European royalty. They show that they are winners with the elite mentality to never give up until you’re on the bus back home. Because, like, think about it. How many times have they done it, this season alone?
Real Madrid were considered the underdogs against all teams that they faced in the knockout stages. They are considered underdogs against Liverpool as well. But, their mentality? Real’s mentality is second to none. There is no other team that can do the stuff this team has done this season. They couldn’t have faced tougher opponents on their way to the final, and they had epic comebacks, one after the other, in each and every round.
PSG were on paper the strongest possible opponent. They finished them off in one half of brilliance. They faced a really great Chelsea team who were 3-0 up with time left on the clock, and they managed to turn it around. Now, against City, they did it in the NINTIETH MINUTE.
Sure, they didn’t play perfectly in all of those games, but I’d rather see my team play imperfectly and win than play a whole tie really well and then collapse when it matters most. Just sayin’.
I don’t think we’d ever see a run like this. Well, never say never, Real Madrid might prove you wrong once again.
I love this club so much.