A trophy in addition to the Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane. The club led by the French makes his return on the roof of the Spain in winning the 34th title of champion of Spain, the first since he conquered in 2017 by the French coach, who breaks again to the hegemony of FC Barcelona. After two years of the reign of the sworn enemy of barcelona, Real regained the Spanish crown by beating Villarreal 2-1 Thursday for the 37th day thanks to a double from centre-forward French Karim Benzema (29th, 76th). And the band "ZZ" eyeing already on the champions League, in August, a double history in this season disrupted by the pandemic of novel coronavirus.
Has a day of the end of the championship (Sunday), the Real cannot be caught up by the Barca : the Catalans, who will finally see the end of a season in nightmare without any trophy national, were defeated 2-1 by Osasuna on Thursday evening at the Camp Nou, and seven points less than the people of Madrid, mathematically champions.
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With this new rite, it is an alchemist of football that is rewarded : income in Real in march 2019, after a first term in office successful (2016-2018), and then nine-month sabbatical, Zinédine Zidane (48 years) had taken over a white team to drift. In a year, the French made a machine to win that gave him his 11th title on 16 possible to the head of the "white House". The coronation-there will never be a particular taste : the Real will remain the champion of an edition to remember, la Liga, turned upside down by the pandemic of novel coronavirus which has interrupted the competition for three months between march and June, and which has forced the players to end the season in a tournament mode, with matches every three days, behind closed doors and under the sweltering heat of the Spanish summer.
And for the technician in marseille, it is now double champion of Spain, this title has a quite particular flavour : "ZZ" has always said that la Liga is the competition the most difficult to win, the one that requires the most consistent effort, the one that deals the least with the approximate. "To win in this Liga, they also need to know suffering, and we have suffered", summed up Zidane on Monday night after the success of his own, 2-1 at Granada for the 36th day. After a course irregular, but impressive strength since the resumption of the competition on the 11th of June with ten wins in ten matches, the issue is arriving at 22: 58 on Thursday evening, on the field behind closed doors of the modest stadium Alfredo Di Stéfano, at the training center Valdebebas.
With a first goal of the inevitable Karim Benzema (29th), who has followed a recovery of Casemiro and one assist from Luka Modric, and then a penalty kick from centre-forward French (76th) for his 21st goal in la Liga this season, it was believed at times to see the Real Madrid of 2017, which had succeeded a beautiful lined Liga - champions League... prior to the reduction of the score of the head of Vicente Iborra (84th).
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Player of legendary "white House", Zidane is in the process of extending his legend as coach of the "best club of the Twentieth century," according to an award given by the Fifa. When the Real was behind in the beginning of the season, his return on the bench merengue has been called into question by the Spanish press and the fans. After the terrible 7-3 suffered against Atlético in a friendly match of preseason, the Real has won five of his first nine matches in la Liga. But after a 1-0 defeat to Mallorca on the 19th of October, the people of Madrid have started the machine, chaining 21 matches without losing.
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With its officers usual (Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos) and grafts successful new players (Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Fede Valverde, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo...), Zidane, a leader of men, outstanding, has silenced the critics who pointed to his lack of tactical sense. A coach of elite, which collects trophy after trophy. A defense hard-nosed, the best of the five major european leagues. A Karim Benzema who has perfectly relieved Cristiano Ronaldo (gone to Juventus Turin in 2018) on the front of the attack merengue, and close on the heels of Lionel Messi in the list of top scorers of la Liga (23 goals for Messi, 20 for Benzema), to the point, already cited, from among the candidates of the Ballon d'or 2020... Europe is warned: Zidane has rebuilt the Real. And the champions League, won three times in three years (2016-2018), the French coach knows it...