Vazquez is the kind of player who helps Zidane buck the trend too as he rebels against group think and the suits in Real Madrid's boardroom. For Manchester United, he scored superb goals away at Roma and Porto in vital knock-out games.
"Madrid have won the last two cups and those people said there were dead". They play nice football, but we played well. Rabiot, inspired me, I ate it up, I was re-energised.
Zidane, meanwhile, disregarded in February, is top dog in March, lauded in Spain for his tactical acumen against Unai Emery, and strength of character for picking a bench that included Gareth Bale and Isco, as well as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, both available after injury.
Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari-bankrolled bid to put themselves among Europe's elite foundered again as Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid comfortably beat the French club to move into the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the game as UEFA claims Basel have breached Article 16 (2)(c) of its disciplinary regulations because fireworks were ignited by travelling supporters.
This was all part of a concerted effort to motivate the players.
"You're looking at the start of the game, Unai Emery the PSG manager spoke of a team that was going to be set up to attack Real Madrid". They deserved to go through.
"It means that something is missing, a [naturally] grown hierarchy, continuity".
Having had successful surgery in his homeland, Neymar will be assessed by PSG in six weeks to determine when he will return to training.
And, surprisingly, there was criticism from within the Parisian outfit. "We knew the system we were going to play".
PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. We needed to keep pressing and playing offensively.
"But hey, I will continue to compete as I did until today and leave the silly things for the fools".
"Tactically we played the right way, we believe in what we're doing", Zidane said.
"We didn't do what we had to", PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said. We stayed until the very end, we applauded the tepid display, we gave everything, but the players gave us little in return despite the empty social media promises.
"Real presented themselves as a team in the second leg, Paris did not", former France international Sagnol told Kicker. "Maybe in another 10 years, it will be €400m, or even before that".