A very white luster

Since January 1, 2016, Real Madrid have taken 12 titles to eight from Barcelona. Zidane, the great architect: 11 of them, under his command.


Real Madrid is in command of Barcelona again. Not only this season, in which that dominance has been more evident for being close: the whites dismissed the course, marked by the coronavirus health crisis, with a Spanish Super Cup and a League, while the Catalans signed a blank campaign for the first time in 12 years (the previous one was 2007-08), sealed with 2-8 against Bayern in Lisbon. The present and the immediate past are white; looking back, the trend continues.

In the last five years, between January 2016 and the present, in 2020, Madrid has lifted up to 12 titles: two Leagues, three Champions League, three Club World Cups, two Spanish Super Cups and two European Super Cups. A state of general bonanza for the showcases of the club with name and surname: Zidane Zidane. The Marseillais was appointed Madrid coach on January 4, 2016, replacing a Rafa Benítez who in just six months had lost the credit of the president and the confidence of the dressing room.

Zidane, the creator

Eleven of the last twelve Real Madrid titles have been signed and the remainder, a Club World Cup won by Solari, came as an added prize to the achievement of the 2017-18 Champions League in Kiev. Zidane has lifted three of the four Champions League in which he has participated, he has taken two of the three Leagues that he played from the first day (in those of the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons, he arrived with Madrid already behind Barcelona) He does not know what it is to lose a final and he only has one thorn: the Copa del Rey, in which he has punctured three times, against Celta, Leganés and Real Sociedad, never reaching the semifinals.

At the same time, since January 2016, Barcelona's title count has remained at eight: three Leagues, three Cups and two Spanish Super Cups. Unable to fight for the highest goals in Europe, the eternal rival took refuge in national tournaments, where he has shown an important dominance until this year: he finished second in the League and Athletic dropped him from the Cup. In Spain, the rest of the titles raised in this period correspond to Atlético (two, a European Super Cup and a Europa League), Seville (a Europa League, which can be two this Friday) and Valencia (a Copa del Rey) .

White comeback

The situation contrasts completely when compared to the previous five years, which goes from January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2015. In that period, in which the white bench was occupied by Pellegrini, Mourinho, Ancelotti and Benítez , the account clearly favors Barcelona: 15 titles for the Catalans, seven for the whites. It corresponds to the maximum splendor of Guardiola's Barcelona, which had already lifted six titles in 2009. After that perfect storm, with Pep himself, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino and Luis Enrique on the bench during that stretch, Barça won four Leagues, two Cups, two Champions League, three Spanish Super Cups, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

Madrid, for its part, went through difficulties to compete at that time, but was able to do so for the moment: a League, a Champions League, two Cups, a Club World Cup, a Spanish Super Cup and another in Europe. Four titles, including the long-awaited Décima, were Ancelotti's thing; the other three, including the League of Records (100 points, 121 goals), by Mourinho.

In the global comparison with Barcelona, the question could hardly be more contested: 94 titles for Madrid, 95 for Barcelona. Although the Whites continue to have a consistent advantage in Leagues (34 to 26) and in the Champions League (13 to 5), while the Catalans are the kings of Cups: 30 to 19.

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