Zidane's credentials of winning three consecutive Champions League trophies is said to present great allure to the Chelsea board, and an added bonus is that Eden Hazard, who looks Real Madrid-bound, also rates him highly.
Eden Hazard has said Maurizio Sarri's style of play is "more like my philosophy of football" as the Chelsea coach attempts to turn the club's faltering season around.More news: 2 children found locked in dog kennel in north Texas, reports say
Ajax might have felt optimistic when they drew an out-of-sorts Madrid back in December but Santiago Solari's side have found their rhythm since, winning six out of their last seven matches.
Perhaps nobody typifies Madrid's turnaround under Solari more than Vinicius Jr, who has brought freshness to the attack, with the Brazilian's willingness to run at rivals a key factor in Karim Benzema's current goal-scoring form. "We are ready to fight for everything, to get to the final of the Copa del Rey and go as far as possible in the Champions League".
The latter, a 6-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, has turned up the heat on the Italian, and according to a report in the Telegraph, he has just two weeks to turn things around.More news: Grammys 2019: Chris Cornell’s children accept posthumous award
But the talented Frenkie de Jong has been declared fit to face Real in Amsterdam and the 21-year-old will be keen to impress, ahead of his 75-million-euro move to Barcelona in the summer.
But Erik ten Hag's men could have an advantage with fans taking matters into their own hands as they did their best to derail Los Blancos' build-up. We are all extremely motivated.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Chelsea are not now considering Sarri's position, but Champions League qualification has always been the primary objective and further setbacks in the Premier League or elimination from the Europa League could put his job at risk.More news: Anthony Joshua to fight Jarrell Miller in USA on June 1