Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone greet each other before the derby

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The figure of Zinedine Zidane again had a crucial value in the important victory of the Real Madrid against him Athletic in the derby this Saturday. Another demonstration of the knowledge of the French technician, who has long since forgotten about the ‘flower’. It is a reality that is one of the best coaches in the world, but the best, that has managed to redirect a drifting Madrid and again aspires to win everything.

Against Atleti he turned to see. It is true that he was wrong with his initial approach with the five midfielders. Zidane opted for them to take the derby from the control of the game from the center of the field and the error was clear. This scheme does not seem to be done when in front there is a team that feels comfortable playing without having mastery of the ball, as is the case with Atleti de Simeone. Madrid ended up suffering in the first half and was forced to change the approach.

Zidane, who knows about football for a while, had no problem recognizing his mistake and moving the bench at rest. Two changes – I would not do more in the second half – and start again against the rojiblancos, who looked comfortable on the field. They jumped into the field Vinicius Y Lucas Vázquez and two players the size of Isco Y Kroos to those who later, at a press conference, did not want to point out. They were them, but they could have been others, the French technician came to explain about his decision.

Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone greet each other before the derby

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Madrid, which had lacked depth in the first 45 minutes as also happened in the final of Jeddah, went to a 4-3-3 more vertical and offensive, at the same time balanced. A scheme that many took for dead in Madrid and that in the derby led to victory. Why Fede Valverde, which started the game on the right wing, went to its natural position and was released. Vinicius also shone, which Zidane has been responsible for gradually returning trust until yesterday was key with his magnificent play that ended the pass Mendy to Benzema That ended in goal.

Zidane’s range of options

There is no one who knows Madrid’s costumes as well as Zidane. He insists on each appearance that has the best in the world and has all of them, a truth – especially the latter – absolute. Zidane’s options have been multiplying with the passing of the matches and he has been able to contextualize each encounter to select the best plan. Against Atleti he made a mistake at the beginning, but he succeeded in changing still on time. Depending on the day, an outline. And Zidane has already used up to five different formations this season.

[Más información: El último truco de Zidane: el Real Madrid de los cinco centrocampistas]

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