The return of Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Although Madrid slipped off the top of La Liga with that Mallorca defeat, with rivals Barcelona taking their place at the top of the table.

The pair were supposed to meet this weekend, but El Clasico has been postponed due to the ongoing protests in Catalonia.

The focus, then, is on the midweek game with Galatasaray, with Madrid travelling to Turkey bottom of Group A after defeat to PSG and a home draw against Club Brugge.

Asked if defeat could mean the end of his second tenure in charge of the club, Zidane replied: “I don’t know. You can’t ask me that. All I can do is try and be here as long as I can. I want to be here forever.

“It’s a great game to play in, a great stadium, Champions League…we know what the situation is and we’re going to try and win.

“We know what the situation is. We started badly in the Champions [League] but we’ve got a chance tomorrow to prove ourselves and that’s what we are going to try and do.

“I’ve been here 18 years as a player and a coach. I know how things are. Pressure is always with you so we have to go out and prepare well for the game.”

Here, these factors are explained one by one:





1. Real Madrid at their bestSince the defeat at Real Mallorca, Real Madrid were forced to reflect on their performances and that was clear in the difference in intensity at Ipurua, where the players’ increased work rates were rewarded with goals.

2. Hazard is now HazardElectrifying, direct, threatening; Eden Hazard is finally looking like the player he was at Chelsea.He is connecting well with his teammates and looked a threat every time he was on the ball at Ipurua, with rabona crosses, changes in speed and causing all kinds of threat.

3. Thibaut Courtois’ wallFive games, 533 minutes, without conceding is some record for Courtois, surpassing the figure Keylor Navas once set.The Belgian looked more solid than ever against Eibar.

4. Luka Modric rebelsZidane may not have many midfield options but Fede Valverde has replaced Modric and against Eibar he had a point to prove as Toni Kroos was rested.Showing all of his quality to dominate play against Eibar, Zidane has a range of high-quality options available to him.

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