Two years in a row with Zidane

The French coach celebrates the second anniversary of his return to the white bench with a team that has less goal, but more solidity in defense.


The last turn of the steering wheel on the Madrid bench turns two years old. A perfect storm ended in just a week with the team's options in the Cup, League and Champions League, which took away a Solari who in just five months went from interim coach to permanent and, later, to dismissal. The day after saying goodbye to the white bench with a victory in Valladolid (1-4), the Argentine was relieved. The pools had been scrutinizing three names for a week: Löw, Allegri and Pochettino.

In the end, Madrid recovered a figure from the house. Zinedine Zidane, the man of the three consecutive Champions League, took off his tracksuit 284 days after resigning from office.

Zidane's two stages have been like night and day, although with certain parallels. The first time, in January 2016, he took the reins of a team alive in the Champions League and five points from Barça in the League. Although the advantage of the Catalans grew to 12 points in the absence of 12 days, Madrid maintained the pressure with full victories in the final stretch of a championship that Barça won, but which was decided on the last day. And the Champions is part of history. His second stage began with the team eliminated in the Champions League and 12 points from his eternal rival with 11 games to go. This time the team did not react and ended up giving up (by 19 points). "We have to apologize, let this end now," said Zizou after falling in Vallecas.

Zidane's first Madrid was a team driven by its offensive power; that of his second stage is based on defensive solidity. The Whites scored 393 goals in the 149 games of their first outing: 2.64 points per game. 110 carried the signature of Cristiano. Without the Portuguese, production has dropped to an average of 1.78, with 173 goals in 97 games. In their own goal, the Madrid of the first Zizou conceded 1.07 goals per game; in his second project, 0.94. The results have also suffered. Before he won seven out of ten games; now, six out of ten. I lost one in ten and now one in five. He has more defeats (19) in his last 97 games than in his first 147 (he lost 16). His position has been pilloried three times, of which he was successful.

Zidane's first Madrid was an almost unbeatable team, which won nine titles out of a possible twelve; he has two out of seven: the League 34 and a Spanish Super Cup, both last season. What has changed little is his circle of trusted players. Despite the change he demanded when he resigned, almost three years later seven players remain among the ten he uses the most: Varane, Casemiro, Benzema, Kroos, Modric, Ramos and Carvajal. And while his praetorian guard adds minutes, Zidane adds games. In Sunday's derby, he equaled Del Bosque for the second most appearances in club history (246) .

Contract until 2022

Zidane has a contract for the remainder of this season and the next, until June 2022. A little over a month ago they asked him if he would fulfill it: "We will see. The important thing is each game and the day to day. only in these things, "he said on February 8 before the game against Getafe. The other time, he gave up his senior year.

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