The memory of the first Zidane League and the champion without a trophy

The French coach achieved his first league as coach at La Rosaleda with Modric and Bale perplexed when they found out there was no trophy.

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Madrid return to La Rosaleda, a very special field in particular for Zinedine Zidane, who won his first league as coach of Madrid there. That title that rewards daily work and to which Zizou attributes greater difficulty than winning the Champions League. That was the night of May 21, 2017. The Madrid team entered the last match with a three-point advantage over Barcelona, but the particular goal average was lost. So they needed to score. Their rival, Málaga, had detached themselves from relegation after a long stretch at the end of the season, leaving nothing at stake. Míchel, ex-Madridista, was the coach of that team. This aroused speculation, especially in Barcelona, regarding a possible help for the white team to lift the title. "Our obligation is to defend the Málaga shirt," he commented at a somewhat tense previous press conference.

The eleven that Zidane had in that match was: Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Cristiano and Benzema. These last two were the authors of the goals (0-2). The Portuguese only needed a minute and 37 seconds to put Madrid ahead and the French finished the task in the 55'.

The celebration of the title on the grass threw several anecdotes. It was the first time that most of the white squad had conquered the League. Of the previous one, five years before, only Pepe, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Coentrao, Cristiano and Benzema were repeating. Modric and Bale, who already had two Champions in their record but won their first league that night, wandered the field in search of the cup. "How ?! That there is no trophy?", Said the Croatian incredulous, in a conversation captured by the cameras of The Day After. Then the champion was handed over to him in the first game on his field the following season or, if anything, in the last at home if he won the title days in advance. Modric's face was a poem of perplexity, while Bale ended up venting to Cristiano. "It's a j ... joke," said the Portuguese.

In the press room, Zidane highlighted the value of conquering that League: "As a coach there is no more. Professionally it is the happiest day of my life. More than this cannot be achieved. More things can be achieved, but today, personally It is the happiest day. For us it was important. Every day is the League and when you win it is very important ".

More than three months later, on August 27, Ramos and Marcelo received a trophy in the Bernabéu box before receiving Valencia. The RFEF has corrected this anomaly and in the last two seasons the winner has received the cup on the day he was proclaimed champion. Last July Modric and Bale were able to celebrate the League 34 of the whites with the trophy present at the Di Stéfano.

In addition to that title, Madrid have been good at their visits to the Costa del Sol. Since the re-founding of Málaga CF, they only lost in one of their 18 official visits to La Rosaleda. It was 3-2 in December 2012, the night that Mourinho sat Casillas for the first time.



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