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Last weekend was quite remarkable for Real Madrid but in so many ways, it was also much more than just a single win for a team that’s largely used to doing exactly that most of the time.
Zinedine Zidane hasn’t enjoyed the best of times in his grand return to the Spanish capital and granted, the opening stages of the ongoing 2019/20 season have been quite rocky for the French manager.
Slowly but surely, however, Real Madrid have been picking up the pace and silently getting better and better with each passing game.
Previously, the team struggled to string together good results, following a maximum of two scrappy wins with an obligatory defeat or a disappointing draw but suddenly, the sky seems much clearer above the Santiago Bernabeu.
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After all, we’re talking about a team that is undefeated in their last five outings, tallying only one goalless draw in the process and not conceding a single one along the way as well.
If that wasn’t impressive enough then the fact that Zidane’s men have scored a total of 16 goals in those five games definitely should be.
And especially if we compare it to the start of their ongoing campaign.
At the very beginning, it took Real Madrid a total of ten games to get to that exact tally and they also needed six games to record their first clean sheet of the season.
By all means, a clear improvement in all aspects can be seen in the last couple of weeks already.
There are, however, a couple of factors that have to be taken into consideration.
Of course, the emergence of Federico Valverde, the 21-year-old midfield gem that has rejuvenated Real Madrid’s middle of the park, as well as the arrival of Rodrygo Goes, their young prodigy, to the scene.
But when everything is said and done, we shouldn’t look past Zidane who has obviously managed to get the team to dance to his tune.
And not a moment too soon.
Let’s see if Real Madrid can continue this winning trend moving forward.