Real Madrid’s campaign in La Liga has been up and down this season due to inconsistencies in their form domestically, but the reverse has been the case when it comes to their European campaign and intercontinental competitions - following a successful World Club Cup outing in Abu Dhabi last December.
Los Blancos were in form of their life last season when they won the La Liga, the Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, World Club Cup but this season it seems Zinedine Zidane’s men have shifted focus to winning the Champions League for the third time in a row and after a poor run of form has seen them lose out in the race for the domestic title.
Real Madrid is experiencing some difficult times in the La Liga and Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammate have found it difficult to replicate the same level at which they operated in Europe and in the League last season.
The European Champions have been in scintillating form in the Champions League this season despite finishing second behind Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage and after their home and away victories over Paris Saint Germain, they have put themselves back in the mix for the UEFA Champions League title favourites.
For the past eight years, Real Madrid have
always qualified for the Champions League's quarter-finals and this year is no exception after ousting PSG who before the round of 16 fixtures were considered a better squad than Zidane's troops.
Ronaldo can propel Real Madrid to win the Champions League for a record third time despite their struggles in delivering positive results and convincing displays in league matches.
And that is possible, each tournament has it’s own motivation and Real Madrid believe they are more motivated in Europe than the domestic League, it is evidently clear in the numbers of Champions League they won in the space of four years, Real Madrid has won three Champions trophies including a back to back and boast of only one La Liga trophy in the past five years.
Real Madrid is trailed by 15 points in La Liga by Barcelona and has been dumped out in the Copa Del Rey and the only way to win a major trophy is to win the Champions League.
Many other teams have been in this kind of situation in the past, whereby their domestic league form will be inconsistent and in the European stage
they remain the team to beat.
Bayern Munich was 10th in the Bundesliga when the Bavarians won the European Cup in 1974/1975 season.
Aston Villa is also another team that finished in the 11th position in Division one when they became the Champions of Europe in 1982.
Real Madrid has also been in this situation in the time past they finished 5th in the La Liga and won their 10th European title in 1999/2000.
And in England, both Liverpool and Chelsea are the most recent examples, Liverpool finished 5th in 2005 and Chelsea 6th in 2012 and they still won the Champions League.
So going by these parameters Real Madrid can win the Champions League despite having not having a nice outing in the league and having won the Champions League back to back is also a big motivation for the Zidane’s men.
the European Champions await to know their opponent in the quarter-final before the end of the month.