After two years of unconvincing performances, Zinedine Zidane has finally brought back the ‘magic touch’ at Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants made it 10 consecutive wins in 10 games since returning to action last month – the special about the 10th victory being the handing over of the La Liga trophy to them.
Fixture congestion, too many fringe players, injuries and of course a poor run of form returning from the three months break seem to be one that the team was looking to avoid. However, for Zidane and his side, it was time to play ‘finals’ – yes not cup ties, but finals for league games.
Surprised? Yes, that was the mentality the team back with after lockdown. The message was clear, “attend to all games as if there was a trophy to be won after each game”.
Well that has paid of for the team as their impressive run, coupled with rivals slipping up along the line means that they won their 34th La Liga title with a game to spare.
Karim Benzema scored all two goals as Los Blancos beat Villarreal at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium to reach such important feat, their third in nine years. Despite a late scare from the Yellow Submarine, a double save by Thibaut Courtois was all Madrid needed to run away with the trophy.
Heading into the Thursday’s game, Madrid were four points ahead of Barcelona and needed a win to sum up a stunning second half of the season.
The win was not the only thing Madridistas celebrated, but the loss to Osasuna at the Camp Nou was also a good way to get the better of the rivals, though it would have done nothing to their celebrations.
Kudos to Zidane, but he will now needs to turn all attentions to the final day game against Leganes before switching focus to Manchester City for the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League.
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