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Iconic Spanish striker makes major Real Madrid prediction ahead of Champions League return

Speaking to AS in light of Real Madrid‘s 4-0 victory over Eibar on Saturday, the club’s former forward Santillana has predicted that Zinedine Zidane‘s side can reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Los Merengues are enduring an inconsistent time of late; having defeated arch rivals Barcelona in La Liga’s El Clasico, the Spanish giants came unstuck against Wolfsburg in their UCL quarter-final first leg, falling to a 2-0 defeat.

However, Real’s crushing 4-0 victory over Eibar on Saturday—a win that also revives their feint title hopes—has left Santillana optimistic about their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

“I think it looks good,” the former forward began, speaking to AS when asked about his former employer’s chances of a comeback.

“I’m before confident in Madrid[‘s chances],” he continued. “They’re a better team than Wolfsburg, even if they had a bad day in the first leg.

“If Madrid are 100 percent, they can beat anyone. That’s for sure.”

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63-year-old Santillana—real name Carlos Alonso Gonzalez—cultivated a reputation as one of the most menacing forwards in the Spanish game, and a majestic header of the ball, having won over half a century of caps for Spain.

He also spent 17 years with Real, playing 643 official matches, and helping the capital club to nine Spanish titles, two Uefa Cup crowns and four Spanish Cups.

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