Villarreal again crosses paths with the Frenchman: he was the last adversary of his career as a footballer in the capital and, this Thursday, he could be crowned in La Liga against the Submarine.
Real Madrid he has the accounts clear and knows that he is only one victory (or two draws) away from winning the title in The league and will try to seal the title this Thursday at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium, not to wait until the last day. This Thursday’s duel will be special and brings back a timely memory for Zinedine Zidane.
5,184 days have passed since that May 7, 2006 in which the white set and Villarreal They tied 3-3 in a vertiginous match, in which Ziizou was cheered by the Santiago Bernabéu in his latest genius on white grass.
Curiously, from that game there are two more players in the current squads and who shared that commitment with the French: Sergio Ramos, who was the starter and ended up sent off, and Mariano Barbosa, then Submarine goalkeeper (as now), although this time may not play when sanctioned.
It is true that later, Zidane played against Sevilla at Sánchez-Pizjuán on the last day, in the match in which he definitely hung up his boots, at least at the club level, since then the World Cup in Germany and that final against Italy in the who left was sent off with a header to Marco Materazzi.
His balance against Villarreal as a coach is positive and he only lost once in the League in the seven duels (three wins and three draws), but also, by chance, that defeat occurred in 2018 with Calleja as coach of the Submarine and was the prelude Zizou’s farewell to Madrid.
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