plans for success in Kiev began long before the 8:45PM CET kick off and a special motivational video had been prepared and shown to his players prior to the Champions League final.
Preparations prior to kick off had been extensive in terms of training and travel plans, but getting a team emotionally ready is equally as important ahead of such an important match.
The video recapped several of the team's best moments, as well as messages of support from the wives and children of the players.
Such was the emotion within the video, several of the players were moved to tears as they watched, even just mere hours away from the clash with Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Zidane showed the video as a source of motivation, he wanted the players to feel encouraged, whilst also furthering the family vibe amongst the squad and staff.
This wasn't a new idea though, Carlo Ancelotti had done something similar ahead of the Champions League final in Lisbon back in 2014 and it had a similarly successful impact with Los Blancos securing La Decima on that occasion.
The reality is that the families of the players have been fundamental parts of the team's success, they help create a fantastic atmosphere around the club and are always present when they travel the world over for various tournaments, including the Club World Cup.
It's so important to the former Juventus midfielder that this continues, and as Los Blancos' success continues it's down in no small part to the good feelings around the team, something everyone has bought into.