Zinedine Zidane decides for the main team, but Real Madrid needs regular results
MADRID: The beating of Leganes 5-0 of Real Madrid on Wednesday was his biggest victory in the league since his first period as a coach but Zinedine Zidane I was barely in a festive mood.
At the post-match press conference, an expectant journalist asked if it was the best performance of the season in Madrid. No, I don't think so, said Zidane.
Another suggested that this was at least his most complete presentation so far. There are people who will think it's our best game, said Zidane. It is not for me, but we have to be happy.
Un tercero finalmente cuestionó qué partidos prefería Zidane, a lo que el francés propuso la victoria de apertura de la temporada sobre Celta Vigo o la victoria 1-0 de la semana pasada sobre Galatasaray en the league de Campeones.
The fact is that there are few candidates, of a campaign in which Real Madrid has produced only in gusts, fluttering between commanders and chaotic even in individual matches, much less from one week to another.
His victory over Leganés was the most emphatic in the league since they beat Celta 6-0 under Zidane in May 2018 and there have also been tough victories in Galatasaray and Sevilla this period, not to mention the burst of goals against Granada and Levante.
But both Granada and Levante almost achieved comebacks, while the miserable defeats in the rise of Mallorca and Paris Saint-Germain exposed a frankness in the front and a fragility in the back that felt too familiar.
The problem is that we have to prove every three days that we are good, Zidane said earlier this month. That is the difficulty and that is what we do not do.
After 10 games, the situation in which the teams are supposed to be judged, the image is not yet clear, but there are signs, at least in the Zidane selection, that their second term is taking shape.
A backbone has been established with the places of Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema apparently insured.
Dani Carvajal has been more reliable on the right side than the erratic Álvaro Odriozola, while, on the other hand, Ferland Mendy has not yet evicted Marcelo, despite his arrival of 50 million last summer.
Casemiro remains the only defensive midfielder in the squad and Fede Valverde has brought the much-needed energy to the center of the field, leaving Luka Modric, 34, to be used more sparingly.
In the front, Eden Hazard He is not yet at his best, but he enjoys a connection with Benzema. Yes Gareth Bale The physical state or the future make it inconceivable, Rodrygo is an exciting alternative to the right, the pace of the 18-year-old adds an extra dimension that Madrid has lacked attack.
It has character, said Zidane. And it is getting better and better.
Zidane's Madrid now has a base, but with Real Betis to get home in Satuday, it remains to be seen if they can be consistent enough to keep up with Barcelona, which has won seven games in the rebound before his match in the Levant.
Lionel Messi's hypnotic performance against Real Valladolid served as an announcement that he is fit and shooting again, which means that Barça's title rivals can no longer have so much room for mistakes.
We have to look forward, coach Ernesto Valverde said Tuesday. What happens is that you see Messi playing like this and it seems to be easy, but it is not easy.
Diego Simeone insists that Atlético de Madrid is a work in progress, but their departure in Alavés in the middle of the week leaves them playing to catch up, with a hard trip to Seville next Saturday.
Granada and Real Sociedad, the two surprise flyers in the league, meet at Los Carmenes on Sunday.