October 24, 2020 1:16:40 am
Zinedine Zidane has by no means misplaced as a supervisor at the Camp Nou, a file that comes beneath the microscope on Saturday as Barcelona host the champions at a time when Real Madrid are reeling from a pair of shock defeats. The reversals – one every in La Liga and the Champions League – have prompted questions over whether or not Los Blancos can have one other profitable season.
A obtrusive statistic hits out at Real Madrid and their historical past. They might have the very best quantity of league titles and been continental champions 13 occasions, however they’ve solely retained the La Liga as soon as within the final 30 years. On paper at least, it seems too early within the race to make a name – one level off the highest with a recreation in hand makes it appear to be issues aren’t that dangerous at Madrid. But their earlier two outcomes and the way they’ve performed in these matches are a trigger for concern as they put together to face a Barcelona crew that has had its personal set of points.
The begin of this season for Real Madrid has not been the most effective one. They have performed six matches and gained three, misplaced two and drawn as soon as. In the post-match convention after the Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, Zidane accepted the blame for the loss that got here regardless of the Ukrainian membership lacking 10 first-team regulars on the again of optimistic Covid assessments.
“We lacked a bit of everything,” stated Zidane. “Above all confidence, which is the most important thing… We know the situation we’re in. It’s our second bad game. Now we have to prepare for our next game. It’s clear that I’m responsible.”
There are some statistics that Zidane can be shaking his bald head over. The key one being Madrid, of their final two video games, have taken 28 pictures with solely six on course – with solely two leading to objectives. They have made 57 crosses in these two video games and tried 97 lengthy balls. Against Cadiz, particularly, was a shocker as Madrid may solely handle one shot on course, regardless of having 74 per cent possession and making near 700 passes with an 85 per cent accuracy charge. Another stat that ought to harm Madrid is how the objectives have dried up. In their final 14 video games, they’ve scored two or extra solely 3 times, a quantity which may not be the largest confidence-booster as they head for the primary El Clasico of the season.
These two defeats adopted an identical script. Madrid have been slack regardless of having fun with the lion’s share of possession. They’ve relied on an overload of lengthy balls and crosses with little or no success to indicate for it.
Such is the strain of being the Real Madrid supervisor that two losses and an upcoming El Clasico units rumour- mongers about. French publication L’Equipe wrote that Zidane has been given a two-match lifeline to vary course or get the sack. The head of a supervisor who has gained a league title and three Champions Leagues is alleged to be on the chopping block of essentially the most profitable membership on the earth after simply six video games into the brand new season.
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