Confidence appears to be sky-high in the Real Madrid camp at the moment.
Just a few weeks ago their season seemed over. Barcelona looked to be easing towards a comfortable La Liga title while Zinedine Zidane’s side trailed Wolfsburg 2-0 from the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
Since the 2-1 defeat in the Madrid derby which seemingly ended all of their title hopes and resulted in an outrageous rant from Cristiano Ronado, Real Madrid have won nine from their previous ten matches in all competition - their only defeat coming in that first-leg against Wolfsburg.
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During that run, they beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp in El Clasico and have cut the gap to the Catalan club and Atletico Madrid to just one point.
They now have a realistic chance of completing a magnificent double when all seemed lost.
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So, it’s no wonder that the Real Madrid camp is buzzing.
James' wonder goal
In fact, spirits are so high that their players are attempting, and pulling off, outrageous attempts in training.
Step forward, James Rodriguez.
The Columbian has scored just eight goals in all competitions this season for the Bernabeu club but we all know he’s capable of the spectacular after his exploits in the 2014 World Cup.
James was taking part in a finishing drill when a cross was delivered along the floor. With Zidane looking on, the 24-year-old controlled the ball and, instead of finishing it normally like most people would, he decided to scoop the ball up and execute an incredible volley into the top corner. Take a bow.
Watch the brilliant strike below:
Win over the fans
James may need to start replicating his incredible skill in a match soon to please Real Madrid fans.
The South American isn’t exactly a fan favourite in the Spanish capital, especially after he was caught on the touchline while his side were 2-0 down against Wolfsburg.
However, his French manager defended his attitude.
"I'd like to avoid it. You learn from these things. It's an episode that nobody likes, but we have to put it to one side," he said, per Goal.com.
"It's difficult. He knows that, he knows that things like this can be picked up in two or three seconds.
"He has to learn from these things. What happened does not have a huge influence on what happens now."
But James can win the fans over by helping his side land two major trophies before the end of the season. They face Manchester City in the last-four of the Champions League, while Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano, Real Sociedad, Valencia and Deportivo stand in the way of a 33rd La Liga trophy.
James and his teammates know they need five wins from their remaining five league matches to give them a chance of pipping Barcelona and Atleti to league glory.
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