Real Madrid – La Liga The only trophy he hasn’t won
Real Madrid are in Copa del Rey action on Wednesday as Zinedine Zidane takes a fourth run at the only trophy that still eludes him as coach of Los Blancos.
The Frenchman has amassed three Champions Leagues, two LaLiga Santander titles, two European Super Cups, two Supercopas de Espana and two Club World Cups, but the Copa del Rey remains elusive.
Not only that, but it has become something of a bogey tournament for him, with some painful defeats along the way.
In three attempts, Zidane‘s Real Madrid have never gone beyond the quarter-finals of the Copa.
In January 2017 Real Madrid were on the hunt for a historic treble of LaLiga Santander, Copa del Rey and Champions League, with the Supercopa de Espana and Club World Cup in the bag and a commanding position in LaLiga Santander, but Celta Vigo saw them off in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 aggregate win.
The Copa nightmare continued the following year at the same stage, this time their vanquishers being Leganes.
Moving on to last season and – you guessed it – Real Madrid were eliminated in the quarter-finals, on this occasion a late comeback not being enough to prevent Real Sociedad triumphing at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
These latter two defeats had repercussions, with the disappointment felt in other performances, and that is something Zidane won’t want to risk happening this season, especially as they trail Atletico Madrid in LaLiga Santander and the Champions League last 16 is just around the corner.