Between 1996 and 2001 the ex-keeper was under contract with the royal team and won the championship twice with them. “After the big deficit on Barca in the past years, winning the title has great importance,” said Illgner: “For the club and the fans, but also for Zidane himself, because he had given the title as the main goal before the season.”
The real team around Rio world champion Toni Kroos also benefited from the weakening main competitor FC Barcelona. While Madrid won all ten games after the Corona compulsory break, Barca suffered one loss and three draws. The dethroned team around superstar Lionel Messi had to let the arch-rival go by.
“Both Real and Barca have had many ups and downs during the season and were not constant. But Real definitely deserved the championship because they were the strongest team after the Corona break,” said Illgner.