• Zidane: the win that made Madrid change

Guys, we have to win this League. Sergio Ramos' phrase was heard several times in the video calls that the white squad made in full confinement, when it became more or less clear that the championship would resume. Before the break, Madrid alternated blunders ( Levante, Betis, City ) with round nights (the classic) that left a frustrating feeling in the dressing room, staining at the worst time.

Overcome months before the crisis in Istanbul, where Zidane played the position , the team had begun to meet again from the defensive firmness, in solid escalation by the League. Then came the running of the bulls, solo work, the rare mini preseason in May and a tireless sprint that today puts the Whites on the edge of the title.

The plenary session of triumphs, nine out of nine, leaves them with a trophy that will await tonight at Di Stéfano . If they win it will be theirs, if they tie they will have to, at least, add another point on Sunday in Leganés, and if they lose ... Well, in the worst case scenario, they will arrive then - as long as Barça does not play with Osasuna today - 72 hours intense pressure, Tenerife memories, Djukic's penalty and the transistors on duty.

A mess that Madrid intends to forcefully clear against Villarreal , as it has been doing in the last month. Sometimes with a good game, sometimes with a firmness of pure Italian calcium and others clinging to individual inspiration, but always achieving their goal. At the head of the troop, a captain rejuvenated and enchanted by the leading role he is having in defense and attack. He is the second top scorer .

The best Spanish?

If Ramos lifts the League tonight, there will be 22 titles in his history, many of them engraved on his skin in the infinite collection of tattoos -see top photograph-. Together with Marcelo, from his hand in the number, they would tie with Manolo Sanchís , in second place on the historic podium, commanded (with 23 cups) by a name that requires standing up: Don Francisco Gento. By these heights the footballer from Camas circulates, who would not be outrageous to consider him the most decisive Spanish footballer in the modern history of Real Madrid, with the respect they deserve, in such a debatable ranking, Iker Casillas and, above all, Raúl González , flag of the club even in a stage with as much competition as it was that of the Galacticos.

In the post-Christian hangover, Madrid have clung to the star of their coach and the leadership of their captain to reactivate the competitive gene of a group that seemed doomed to decline. The League would be the award for a generation that was not exhausted in Kiev, still capable of fighting (and probably winning) important titles for a Barcelona that still has its monster, unlike Madrid, with his long-time dressed in the Juventus.

In fact, he has not even been able to count on the one indicated as the successor of the Portuguese, Eden Hazard, injured almost the entire course. Even so, and despite having signed a very solid tournament, as happened in their previous conquered League (2017), Zidane's men are forced not to skate in the final ports, because the inexhaustible Argentine awaits the ruling. Even on the move, with an unauthorized coach and the burning club, Messi is able to keep Madrid on guard until the penultimate day. There the merit of the Argentinean and also of the white team, by resisting such a threat.

"There is a lot of celebration noise here, holidays ... but we have a game against Villarreal and that's it," Zidane said yesterday, trying to isolate his wardrobe as much as possible. After the important victory in Granada, he is expected to shake the eleven again, as he has done in the previous nine functions. In its deck of alternatives lies much of the success of this reformulated Madrid that caresses the league title.

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