Real Madrid entered lockdown sat behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the table and had a 2–1 deficit to overturn in the last-16 Champions League clash with Manchester City to keep their European dreams alive.

Zidane has got “the magic touch”

The head coach Zinedine Zidane has got “the magic touch” at Real Madrid, says Aitor Karanka, with the return of Real Madrid to the top of LaLiga, put an end to good coaching and hard work, rather than refereeing and VAR favor. Real Madrid entered lockdown sat behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the table and had a 2–1 deficit to overturn in the last-16 Champions League clash with Manchester City to keep their European dreams alive. Since returning to business, a spark has been discovered, with seven consecutive victories secured and five clean sheets collected. Real Madrid has now returned to the summit in Spain and closing in their first title triumph since 2017. Zidane was the man who delivered their last crown, and now the Frenchman wanted to repeat the trick during the second spell in the Santiago Bernabeu hot-seat.

Barca officials hinted that the Blancos are getting help from the VAR

Former player and coach Karanka told reporters about the goings-on in Madrid: “They had a spectacular return from lockdown when there were some doubts after three or four months after the match against Manchester City. Footballers like Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, or Thibaut Courtois are getting back to their best. When you have the quality and depth of Real Madrid, it’s normal that these things happen. While Real Madrid was in fantastic shape, many suggestions were significant decisions go in their favor. Even leading officials at Barcelona hinted that at the Blancos getting help from the VAR, but Karanka believes there is more to this debate than a hint of jealousy.

When Real wins, they always talk about referees

He added: “I think it was the same story many times. When Real Madrid win, they always talk about referees. I prefer to speak about the seven-game unbeaten run and that they are more consistent than any other team in the top-flight. That’s why they are where they are in the table. “Chasing another domestic crown, Real Madrid are also preparing for the Champions League’s resumption in August. Karanka believes that it is still possible on this front. While there is every chance that a meeting with Manchester City could be included in the head. Karanka said: “If you asked me this question a few months ago, after the match at the Bernabeu, perhaps I would have some doubts, but I think that at Real Madrid everything is fine now.

“Zidane hit the right note for the team to play phenomenally again. And playing in Manchester is not the same without a crowd as with it. If there is a team that can come back, it’s Real.”