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The race of Zinedine Zidane As a footballer he left many images to remember. His teammates enjoyed it and his rivals suffered it, Jerome rothen It was both of them and there is a scuffle with him that left him marked. Rothen, a former French international player, has reviewed in RMC Sport his career, which between 2000 and 2013 went through several teams of the League-1, including the Monaco and the PSG.
As a Monaco footballer, one of the great victories he remembers is the one that occurred on April 6, 2004 at the Louis II stadium in Monaco. Real Madrid visited the home of the team Principality on the lap of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Against all odds, the whites, with the Galacticos in their ranks, they were eliminated against the team he led Didier Deschamps.
Rothen was the starter that day and remembers well what happened. Real Madrid, with Carlos Queiroz as coach, he had just won 4-2 in the first leg held at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, on the return leg they stumbled against Monaco and lost 3-1 with goals from Giuly and Fernando Morientes. The game was loaded with tension and the Galacticos could not control their nerves, not even Zidane.
Rothen remembers an action in the second leg between him and Zidane. Monaco was ahead on the scoreboard, he had in his hand the qualification for the Champions League semi-finals and had a ‘brush’ with his compatriot, with whom he had shared a dressing room in the French team: “Get up, son of a bitch,” he says Rothen that Zidane told him. “It is a black point in my career. We knew each other from the French team and I don’t understand it,” he says.
“I had a good relationship with him, although he is not one of those who is used to talking a lot. I made a foul and we are at the end of the game. Already with 3-1 and classified, I lose time. There is frustration on his part, he loses a ball .. It is the Real Madrid of the Galacticos eliminated by the small Monaco and they did not expect this madness, “he says.
Rothen, although he understands the moment in which everything happened, believes that Real Madrido’s ‘5’ crossed the line: “I understand his nervousness but those words, directed at someone you know, with whom you trained and with whom you played in the national team. .. I don’t understand them. I’m not saying we were the best friends in the world. I have also insulted, but someone with whom you have shared the same shirt, with whom you sat next door in the locker room … I think there are limits ” , just.