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The Real Madrid face the decisive phase of the season having regained the confidence necessary for big dates. Whites beat another ‘matchball’ this course with a victory in The classic before him Barcelona. A triumph that palliated the stumble before him City in Champions and reaffirmed that the team continues to aspire to everything it still has at its disposal.
Although the elimination collects before the Real society He began a dark journey in Concha Espina, which hit bottom with the defeat against those of Pep Guardiola In the Santiago Bernabéu, Zidane has returned to get the team to raise its head at a key moment.
It is not something new in Chamartín. Madrid has once again straightened its course, just as it did in October before the Galatasaray -precisely in Champions-. Now the white team will face a new league day defending the lost leadership against Celtic Y I raised.
Betis is the first stone in the way of Zidane to fulfill his desire to bring another League title to the showcases of the Santiago Bernabéu. But in between will have to deal with the ‘final’ of Manchester next March 17, where Real Madrid will try to overcome the knockout round of Champions League against the City.
In Concha Espina they face these weeks in a moment of football fullness, at least in regard to the defensive plot. And is that Madrid has managed to regain solidity back; the same as the one he had shown during the first leg of the season.
Marcelo and Carvajal, back
Marcelo and Carvajal have resurfaced after the doubts offered in recent months and have returned to provide Madrid with consistency on the sides. In fact, the canterano merengue is one of the best news that Zidane has had in recent days.
Carvajal was one of the most outstanding players in the first leg against City, but before Barça he was one of the most outstanding in the game. He was present in attack and defense to unsettle the players of Barcelona. In fact, it was usual to see him appear in auction positions or bashing plays.
The ‘2’ was already a key piece of Real Madrid that raised three consecutive Champions forming a dance partner with Marcelo in band. Carvajal was a secret weapon of the French technician in attack, since he always unfolded with Bale to appear by surprise and had a great capacity for physical deployment to cover the entire band.
The solvency of Courtois
Special mention deserves Thibaut Courtois, which has become an insurance back for Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos Y Varane They breathe easy with the Belgian goal under sticks. And after a long first season of adaptation in Concha Espina, he has regained his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
This season has left the goal to zero up to 12 times in the League. In fact, heavyweight championship like Barcelona, Seville, Atlético de Madrid or Athletic Club They have failed to beat Courtois this course.
A team in block
The streak of 21 consecutive games without knowing defeat was no accident. Zidane has managed to establish a game model in which the basis of all action is defense. In El Clasico you could see how Vinicius Junior emptied himself in attack to unleash the Barça defender. However, the Brazilian was key in helping Marcelo on the left wing, riding in a fireproof way throughout the match.
The importance of block defense and high pressure are two of the great virtues of the new Madrid that ‘Zizou’ has cemented. A rocky team in which the physical display is carried by flag.
From this defensive point Zidane has started to structure his new project and his new game idea. Something that begins to give results in the offensive plot, where the team gains confidence as the minutes pass and sees how its rivals find it difficult to see goal. The match against City was an exception that Zidane seeks to avoid at all costs again in Concha Espina.
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