Zidane did not want a stumble in the derby to spoil what he had built in the last two games. The Frenchman likes to say that his team is solid and, for the third consecutive game, it was. Real Madrid also stopped at Wanda, as he had done at Sánchez Pizjuán and at home against Osasuna.
Three consecutive games without receiving a goal, something that had never happened with the Frenchman on the bench. And, in addition, without letting the rival team have great opportunities and almost no shot between the three sticks. Once Courtois and Areola have been shot since the defeat in Paris. It was Savic, when yesterday's game was already dying, that cut a streak of more than 250 minutes. Something unthinkable in this Madrid, which in recent years lived naturally with the many against and knew that he had to score at least two to win.
Since the PSG, whites have been fortified around intensity, defensive work and concentration. The separate lines by which Di María made a scallop in the Park of the Princes have joined with glue of the good. Zidane celebrates it as something basic to be able to compete for titles. «It is very important that you do not finish, because it is what gives you life. If we continue this way defensively, working together and being supportive, the chances in attack will come. You have to keep it up, ”said ZZ, satisfied with his transformation.
«It's not just intensity. We saw a very strong team. More than not to score goals, what I liked was not to grant a chance. This is important, ”insisted Zidane, who even praised Bale's sacrifice, more plugged in than ever in both areas. «He helps a lot in the defensive phase and it shows, the team is more comfortable when we defend all », closed by explaining it in French, so that the argument would be clearer.
Zidane likes this Madrid with lead feet. His profile as a coach has much of his time in Italy as a player. He has taken many things from Lippi and Ancelotti for his style book. Always remember that you have to be well behind, because you have players who can unbalance ahead. In Seville he did not need many occasions to succeed in one, very similar to the one that Benzema had in the Metropolitan, but Oblak responded well to avoid that the ZZ plan had gone round again away from home. The mutation is a thing of collective work, although It has also coincided with the return of Sergio Ramos after his sanction in the Champions League.
In the derby, Madrid ran without the ball and defended with it, winning the final ball possession data. He lacked presence above, because Benzema went into action little and Hazard is still landing. He tried the Belgian, who has not yet managed to show his decisive side. While showing its best version, Madrid is shielded.
. (tagsToTranslate) josé manuel martín