YThere is no debate.Ferland Mendyis the left side holder ofZidane.The French cuaj before theAtletico de Madridanother high-level defensive game, an element that explains many of the things that have changed in the white team since October 19 and the defeat inMajorca, the last of the whites.
But to his usual defensive potential yesterday, the French added his first decisive contribution in the rival area. From his left boot came a tense and perfect center so thatBenzemawill score the goal that the derby will decide in the end. Mendy read the uncheck well, take advantage of a great passVinciusbehindLemar, and launched the first goal assist he gives as a Real Madrid player. Last season, with theLyon, gave two (beforeHoffenheim and Strasbourg).
Before that action I had already shown what reasons he offersZidaneto have overturned so emphatically toMarcelo. A saving leg ofMendyafter 13 minutes he avoided an action in which Correa had everything in favor to make the 0-1. His defensive behavior records impressive numbers. In the 11 league games that Madrid has been the only one he has received three goals: two in Villarreal and the one ofWillianJos in theSantiago Bernabu
In total there are 1,003 minutes of Mendy’s garters in LaLiga in which those of Zidane fit somewhat every 334 minutes.
Those records in League matches only improve them in the European eliteJoe Gomez,Liverpool center. In their 16 games and 1,007 minutes in the Premier, those ofKloppthey have only conceded two goals with l: Norwich andWolverhampton Wanderers.
And if all competitions come together the result is that they go 715 minutes with the goal at zero if Mendy is on the green. Madrid has not received a goal with him since December 11 in Bruges and the total is seven goals in 18 games. Of them, five in September: those of Villarreal and the three inPars. For those days,Mendyhe was a player who in La Cermica and in thePark of the PrncipesHe played his first two games with the Real Madrid shirt.
The obvious improvement ofMarcelothis season compared to last season it is clear that right now it falls short to question the ownership ofMendy.
In a team like this Madrid that has made defensiveness its identity, there is no possible debate about what the French offersZidane. If at the beginning of the season it was the French who had to paddle for minutes now it is the Brazilian who leaves from behind to recover a position that for years, on his own merits, was his without debate.
Zidane give matches toMarcelobut it’s obvious that big dates now haveMendyas owner of the left side. He has earned it.