Capello predicts Madrid to win double

Fabio Capello

Former Madrid boss Fabio Capello believes that Los Blancos will not only retain the Champions League but also snatch the La Liga title from Barcelona.

The Italian, who won the Spanish league title twice in two separate stints with the club, tipped the giants from the capital to end their arch-rivals' grip on the trophy this year.

He also revealed that the reason for his prediction is the maturity the club's current manager, Zinedine Zidane, has shown.

"In Spain and Europe, Real Madrid are favourites for their history, tradition and quality of their players, even though I really like Bayern Munich this year," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"Zidane’s had time to learn. He was [Carlo] Ancelotti’s assistant and trained Real Madrid’s [Castilla] team.

"When he reached the bench at the Bernabeu, he knew how to go about his business.

"From the off, he was aware that Madrid weren’t just about the show and turned them into a competitive team. His knowledge of the club did the rest.

"There’s a difference between the Premier League and La Liga: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, [Karim] Benzema, [Gareth] Bale, Luis Suarez, [Antoine] Griezmann.

"These players aren’t in England, although [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic’s move to United has shortened the distances."