Real Madrid TAUNTED as Ajax star Tadic makes Zinedine Zidane claim after Bernabeu rout

Tadic, who joined Ajax from Southampton last year, put in a fantastic performance at the Bernabeu to help his side reach the quarter finals of Europe’s elite competition.

The 30-year-old helped create two early goals for Ajax with passes to Hakim Ziyech and David Neres and rounded off an excellent performance with a fabulous strike in the 62nd minute.

And he revealed that Real legend and former boss Zidane served as his inspiration going into the game.

“Zidane was always my favourite player,” Tadic said.

“Maybe I was watching too many of his clips.”

Ajax came into the game 2-1 down on aggregate after losing the first leg in Amsterdam and few predicted such an upset would occur – and in such a manner – for the repeat leg.

“This is probably the best game of football I’ve ever played,” Tadic said.

“We beat the best club in the world. I’m very proud and I think we made a lot of people happy tonight.”

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag described the win as being “pretty close to perfection” as his captain Matthijs de Ligt hinted the Eredivisie side might go all the way in Europe this season.

“It was a real team performance,” De Ligt said.

“The way our attackers tracked back to defend was great. We caused Bayern Munich problems, who are one of the favourites, and we have .

“Who knows how far we can go?”

As for Real, it is likely they will finish this season without any major trophies.

Last week they lost to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and currently sit 12 points off the Catalan giants in La Liga.

After the final whistle defender Dani Carvajal declared that Los Blancos season is over.

“I’ve never felt as sick as this, I don’t know how to explain it,” Carvajal said.

“In one week everything has gone, and all of it after matches at home.

“It is clear the season is over but we will continue working in the league because that’s what we have to do and we have to be professional.”

As a player Zidane won the with Real on one occasion, but then dramatically improved on that when he became their manager, as he lifted the trophy for three consecutive years.

Five days after winning his last piece of silverware with Real .

Explaining his decision at the time he said: “I think it is the moment, for me and for the squad. I know it is a bit of a strange moment but I think it is the right moment.

“This is a team that should keep on winning and it needs a change for that.”


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