French coach Zinedine Zidane praised Real Madrid players after the match against Valladolid. Los Blancos coach said that he is very proud of the team.
Zidane is happy with the defensive transformation
Real Madrid won an important away match in Valladolid. There is an interesting fact – Real Madrid finds it hard to win the game after Barcelona loses points. At this time, Los Merengues could win the game and outperform Barcelona. As of now, Real Madrid is the leader of La Liga, and the team has three points gap with Barcelona. Keep in mind that Los Blancos has conceded fewer goals than any team in the European top five leagues this season.
The defensive transformation started after the match against PSG. Real Madrid lost the game in Paris and conceded three goals. Zinedine Zidane’s team could not even shot on target. It was indeed the disastrous day for Real Madrid squad, team staff, and fans. After September, Zinedine Zidane and his assistant coaches started the defensive transformation of the team. Real Madrid conceded 13 goals in 21 rounds of La Liga. It’s believed that Real Madrid should concede many goals but can score as much as possible. Everything changed this season when the team could not score many goals. Zinedine Zidane decided to change the plan.
Fewer goals conceded than Simeone’s Atletico Madrid
As mentioned above, Real Madrid conceded only 13 goals in 21 rounds. Atletico Madrid conceded 14 goals in 21 rounds and is on the second position by the number of conceded goals. Keep in mind that Real Madrid’s main goalkeeper was criticized heavily in September 2019. Zinedine Zidane even substituted Thibaut Courtois in the second half of the match in the Champions League. It happened in September, and that smart move from coach worked perfectly on Courtois. Belgian goalkeeper became invincible and very confident. Real Madrid has the best defensive record of La Liga so far in the last five decades.