A year of the Covid League: everything that has changed in Madrid

The first anniversary of the achievement of the 2019-2020 League is celebrated. An edition marked by a stoppage of more than three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


On a day like today, a year ago, Real Madrid won its 34th league, after beating Villarreal (2-1) in the penultimate league matchday played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium. Madrid has recalled such an event on its website, where it highlights the achievement of the most atypical league edition, which was marked by the confinement of more than three months due to the health crisis.

The 2019-2020 League is remembered as the Coronavirus League. The one that brought drama to humanity. The one that was paralyzed in March and was reactivated three months later to finish the eleven days that remained to be played. All went well. In just over a month the League of five changes, empty stadiums and hydration breaks were completed.

The competitive break changed almost everything. And the teams that best adapted, came out strengthened and had their prize. Madrid, which reached confinement plagued with doubts (after losing the leadership at Benito Villamarín), chained a streak of 10 consecutive victories, which allowed them to reach the leadership after several setbacks from Barcelona.

The white team had an impeccable tour. Also unthinkable. Nobody could imagine that a team was capable of not losing any game ... and Zinedine Zidane's team succeeded. But a year after the achievement of this League, many things have changed at Real Madrid.

Defensive strength

If there was one thing that Real Madrid stood out for during the 2019-20 campaign, it was because of their collective effort. The Madrid squad was the one that conceded the fewest goals of the championship (25) and Courtois won the Zamora Trophy. The team coached by Zidane kept a clean sheet in 18 games and won a title based on defensive security and efficiency in their goals.

In the last eleven days, Madrid, did not fail. Defeated Eibar (3-1), Valencia (3-0), Real Sociedad (1-2), Mallorca (2-0), Espanyol (0-1), Getafe (1-0), Athletic (0-1 ), Alavés (2-0), Granada (1-2) and Villarreal (2-1). And on the last day, once the league title was decided, he got a draw in his match against Leganés (2-2). In total, he scored 21 goals in favor and only conceded six goals in eleven games.

This last season, Real Madrid has been the second team with the least thrashed in the League, they received 28 goals against, only three more than Atlético de Madrid. However, the difference between the two seasons was their regularity in the tournament.

In the 19-20 campaign, Real Madrid did not lose any home games. Until the break, the Madrid team played at the Santiago Bernabéu, where they played 13 games and achieved nine wins and four draws. After the resumption, Madrid decided to play their home games at the Alfredo Di Stéfano, given that since the public was unable to access the stadium, it would be more comfortable to play the matches in Valdebebas and thus be able to accelerate the construction of the Bernabéu. There, the white team won the six games they played, this being one of the keys to league success.

In contrast, last season, Real Madrid failed to win eight home games all season. They lost against Cadiz (0-1), Alavés (1-2), Shakhtar Donetsk (2-3) and Levante (1-2). Luckily, the white team will play this season at the Santiago Bernabéu and will be able to count on the presence of their fans. It is expected that Madrid-Celta de in the fourth day can welcome 50,000 fans.

From Zidane to Carlo Ancelotti

The main difference between the two seasons is the change of coach on the white bench. With Zidane at the helm, everything was calm at the club and the players gave everything for their coach. Now, Ancelotti returns to the team he trained for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15) and as in his first stage, he has the mission of reducing all the tension and controversies that have shaken the white club in recent months .

In the first place, he must adapt the team to the departure of Sergio Ramos, who has been one of the pillars of Madrid's second golden era. With the departure of the Sevillian, the team not only lost one of the best center-backs in the world, but also lost a captain and a leader. Another similar case is that of Varane. The French central ends his contract in 2022 and has asked to leave. For now nothing has been finalized, but it is most likely that he will end up leaving this summer for Manchester United. If they end up marching, the central pair will be formed by Militao and Alaba, who has arrived this summer as a replacement for Ramos.

The latest controversy that arose at Real Madrid has been the leak of some audios (without authorization) by El Confidencial, in which Florentino Pérez mentions several members of the staff and the Club's environment.Economic impact

Real Madrid presented last Wednesday the accounts for the 2020-21 financial year, which has been marked by COVID-19. The club has stopped earning 300 million euros in revenue and has reduced its debt by 195 million. The profit that Real Madrid has achieved in the 2020-21 financial year has been 874,000 euros. Despite the economic impact, the accounts maintain a positive result for the club's coffers. An impact that, according to the white club, has been reduced by the different savings measures that have been carried out throughout the year. Among others, a salary reduction estimated at 58 million euros and the loss of certain players that represent a saving of 175 million euros. The same statement explains the forecasts for the 2021-22 financial year. Although they hope that attendance at the stadiums will return, the club does not trust everything to this currency and they state that the "recovery from the situation prior to the pandemic will not be immediate." In this context, the club adds that they will continue with the savings measures. In this way, Madrid has managed to end the fiscal year positively, despite COVID-19, the works at the Santiago Bernabéu and the lack of public in the stadiums.

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