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Real Madrid was crowned Spanish football champion for the 34th time in its history (new record), this July 16, 2020. This title, won during a crazy season, interrupted three months by the coronavirus crisis, will remain apart in the history of the club. </p><div> <p>Real Madrid is indeed the King of Spain and the champion of post-containment football. Since the national league (Liga) resumed in mid-June, the people of Madrid have indeed signed ten consecutive victories. An impressive series which ensured them the first place in the classification, before the last day, and which thus allowed them to dethrone a dominating Barca in Liga since 2005 (ten titles won out of sixteen).
The 2-1 success against Villarreal, this July 16, 2020, came crowned with the method and strategy of a man: Zinedine Zidane. In March 2019, the Frenchman returned to the bench of a Real Madrid in crisis, just nine months after his surprise departure. After a 2018-2019 prowling exercise, the former playmaker imposed a more defensive style, different from that which allowed him to win the European Cup (Champions League) three times in a row, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
An impressive Karim Benzema
It is true that at the time, “Zizou” could rely on the genius of Cristiano Ronaldo, who left in 2018 for Juventus Turin (Italy). In recent months, the technician has mostly relied on his compatriot Karim Benzema, author of the decisive double against Villarreal. The striker, who lived in the shadow of Ronaldo from 2009 to 2018, was sparkling. Only Barca superstar Lionel Messi was more impressive in La Liga.
Messi has too often been alone in Barcelona, while Benzema has been able to count on a solid and united collective with only 22 goals conceded in 37 games.
And now the Champions League
Champion of Spain, Real Madrid can now focus on its other big challenge of the season: winning the Champions League for the 14th time in its history (record in progress). To do this, we will have to start by reversing the trend against Manchester City, coached by the former Barca coach, Pep Guardiola.
In the round of 16 first leg, on February 26, the British club won 2-1 in Madrid. A snub for Madrilenians who were then going through a difficult period, with 4 defeats and 1 draw in 7 games (all competitions combined). Since then, the positive dynamic seems to have settled in the Spanish camp. The “Merengues” will try to prove it on August 7 in England, in the knockout stages of the Champion League.