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Zidane, the lord of the finals – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Zidane, the lord of the finals - SPANISH FOOTBALL 1

Zidane faces his ninth final as coach of Madrid on Sunday (19:00 hours, Movistar). The Gaul does not yet know defeat in high-altitude scenarios: he has won three finals Champions (2016, 2017, 2018), two European Super Cups (2017, 2018), two Club World Cups (2016 and 2017) and a Spanish Super Cup (2017). Yes Zizou He won his second Spanish Super Cup, lifting his 10th title as a manager and would be four away from matching Miguel Muñoz (14 trophies) as the most successful coach in Madrid’s history. The Frenchman accumulates 66% of victories (124 wins, 40 draws and 22 losses in 185 matches) in 185 matches two stages ranging from January 2016 to June 2018 and from March 2019 to the present.

Zidane’s winning gen took place in the Champions League final in May 2016 against Atletico Madrid in Milan (1-1, with extra time included, and 5-3 on penalties). The comeback to the eternal rival, gave oxygen to the whites two months later: they defeated Sevilla 3-2 in the final of the European Super Cup. That wonderful 2016 was marked with a comeback to Kashima (4-2) to lift the Club World Cup. In less than seven months, Zidane had already won three finals. But the best was yet to come: Juventus in the Champions League final, June 2017, and return to work winning the European Super Cup (2-1 to United in Skopje) and Spain (1-3 at Camp Nou and 2-0 at the Bernabéu al Barca). There was no way to stop Madrid from Zidane: only three losses from August to December (Betis 0-1, Girona 2–1 and Tottenham 3–1). The finishing touch to these good sensations was put in December 2017 by defeating the Guild in a new Club World Cup final (1-0). Zidane had already made his own sextet, but there was more left: his third Champions League against Liverpool in 2018 (3-1).

A path of records

Madrid have 15 consecutive official matches without losing: the last loss was in October 1-0 against Mallorca. You have to remember that He spent 40 games without losing with 30 wins and 10 draws between April 2016 and January 2017. Since then, this it is the best series of results in the history of the madridist entity. Both milestones have Zidane as the protagonist. This is not new to the Frenchman, he is the coach with the most records in Madrid. Architect of three consecutive Champions (matched with Ancelotti and Paisley), Zizou also reaps the minimum of defeats in the first 100 matches (8 lost matches) and 60 games in a row scoring. Zidane follows in the wake of Miguel Muñoz both in titles (14 trophies) and in matches led (424 in 15 years). In case he got over it, the Frenchman would be the coach to beat.

Zidane’s eight finals as coach

Competition Rival Result
Champions Liverpool 3-1
Club World Cup Guild 1-0
Spanish Super Cup Barcelona 2-0 and 1-3
European Super Cup United 2-1
Champions Juventus 1-4
World Clubs Kashima 4-2
European Super Cup Seville 3-2
Champions Athletic 1-1

Spanish Super Cup – Semi Final – Valencia v Real Madrid