Zidane leads Madrid back to glory

Zidane leads Madrid back to glory

The Frenchman has done one of his best jobs as a coach: he propelled Merengue towards a new La Liga title.

When Zinedine Zidane he won everything in his first stage as a coach Real Madrid, the role of the French seemed to be in the background for having one of the best squads in the world, in which the presence of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo stood out.

This time, however, after the merengue team won their second title this season, obtaining La Liga 2019/20 -The Spanish Super Cup won in January-, after beating Villarreal 3-1 on Thursday, all the focus should be on the coach.

Without a doubt, Zizou has done one of his best jobs – despite winning three Champions in a row before – and rose as one of the best in the world in his position. This time, the media cannot ignore it: Cristiano Ronaldo is in Turin, quite far from the Spanish capital.

The Gallic strategist was the head of a team that it is true that he had an intractable Karim Benzema in the second part of the season and a Sergio Ramos who pushed his team in the most important part of the campaign after the return of football. But Zidane is the architect of a Madrid that distanced himself from old demons and finally knew how to cut Barcelona’s hegemony in La Liga.

And Zizou also showed personality to make important decisions. The Frenchman left two talented left-handers such as the Welshman Gareth Bale and the Colombian James Rodríguez on the bench with no minutes to play. Luck? He did not accompany him either.

Eden Hazard arrived at the beginning of the season and was tagged as Cristiano’s possible successor on the left wing of the attack. The result? Good but sporadic performances, which were reduced by the successive injuries of the former Chelsea.

Instead, what was seen of Madrid was one of the most supportive teams in European football, with a more than solid defense -and a goalkeeper in Thibaut Courtois who returned to be the one from before-, a midfield that was rejuvenated with the presence Uruguayan Federico Valverde and an attack that took advantage of Benzema’s technical delicacy to leave no chance without converting.

All these condiments led Merengue to a new League title, the second won by Zidane as coach of the White House, which even allows him to dream, why not, of an even more promising future.

Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP via Getty Images

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