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The Real Madrid live a key moment of the season that can mark the success or failure of the new project of Zinedine Zidane in Concha Espina. The elimination collects before the Real society it tests the team’s mental resistance to criticism, something that should serve as a weapon with which to strengthen the strength of the squad to go through hard times.
The loss of a title always feels like a jug of cold water for a club like Real Madrid, but the season doesn’t let up against regrets. The frantic months of competition that lie ahead make the team have to stay focused 24 hours after having suffered a tough Basque correction at the Santiago Bernabéu.
White mental strength
The season does not end, much less, on the dark night of Thursday. The staff of the first team knows that it is making a great year, having established itself as one of the best teams in Europe. In fact, despite the four goals conceded, they remain solvent back. And it is that a party does not throw away all the work of the last months.
Since last October 19, when Real Madrid fell defeated in Are moix, Zidane made a winning team that remained unbeaten for 21 consecutive games this course.
At that time the team stood out for its solvency behind. Whites stood as the least thrashed team of the five major European leagues, and the Courtois, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Carvajal and company, they shone in defense.
Now in two weeks comes the Manchester City from Guardiola and the Champions League. A tie that will start on February 26 and for which the staff must concentrate conscientiously if they want to continue on their way to the Orejona.
The maximum continental competition is even tougher than the Copa del Rey single game. It does not grant truce. Zidane knows that the team must look forward, since the balance to date is positive.
Nor do they have time to lament in a League in which they are the current leaders, with three points of advantage over the Barça. Also, this weekend they visit a complicated square like Osasuna, which will be key to arrive as first of the table to the next Classic which will be played on March 1 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
No option to disconnect
The team cannot deconcentrate or deviate from the path marked in the coming weeks. A disconnection can squander the options of Madrid to raise titles, as happened last season with Santiago Solari on the bench.
Zidane already said that the defeat hurt, but nothing will change the mentality of the group. The Frenchman continues to believe in rotations and faces the decisive stretch of the fully concentrated course. “Nobody likes a defeat, but we have a game on Sunday,” said the coach after the match against Real Sociedad.
“The rotation plan has worked and I believe in them and in this squad. Now we have to get up, fight and keep working very hard. This match is not going to change anything,” he concluded optimistically.
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