Chronicle The crooked lines of Benzema
1-2 in San Mamés The "humble" Benzema and the debut of the last white pearl
How curious and indecipherable is the world of sports sometimes, that they tell Madrid. On January 29, 2021, an expulsion of
unreliable substitute at the
time, caused Levante's victory in Valdebebas and the crisis in
Zinedine Zidane's team
. Defeated in the Super Cup, eliminated from the Cup, eleven points behind the league leader and with a squad led by veterans, the project seemed to enter an inevitable point and end.
Almost a year later, without Zidane but with
, without Ramos but with
, led by the same veterans (
) and empowered by the young people who were doubted (
and Militao), Madrid rule Spanish football with an iron fist and has only lost three games.
This is the chronology of his resurrection.
Madrid fell in the semifinals of the Super Cup against Athletic and in the Cup against Alcoyano.
A disaster of the month to which was added the defeat against Levante in the League and the injury of a Ramos that was still not renewed.
Zidane exploded at a press conference, warning of the end of the cycle in summer, and his staff reacted.
"I am not going to leave him, let us work, then many things can happen," said the Frenchman, who already seemed to observe his departure.
That month, the whites won all five games they played.
The thunder box with Ramos.
The central forced to play with Spain and was injured.
He would only return for the return against Chelsea, in May.
Those weeks cracked his relationship with the club, while Militao consolidated itself as an interesting option for the future.
Vinicius scored a double in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Liverpool and made one think of the type of footballer he could become.
Madrid beat those of
and stood two duels from the continental final while fighting the League with Atlético.
A miracle for Zidane, whose wardrobe suffered an eternal plague of injuries.
Madrid jumped onto the London lawn without
, and with Ramos,
"That was swimming to die on shore, but with pride," they recall at the club.
Zidane's decisions were quite questioned.
In the league, the draw in Seville condemned the madridistas.
The season concluded with Zidane's tough farewell letter, "I'm leaving because the club doesn't give me the confidence I need," Ancelotti's presentation and Ramos's goodbye press conference: "I accepted for a year, but they told me that the offer had expired.
Madrid had broken with its two pillars, coach and captain, and seemed to be entering a cycle change, with Carletto insisting on young people.
The sale of Varane and the signing of Alaba completed the renovation of a defense in which Militao acquired a leading role.
Modric renewed, the Madrid market was left at the expense of
Madrid renewed Benzema, sold
and kept the veteran bloc in midfield and up front, with the return of
and hope in Hazard.
Mbappé did not arrive,
Eduardo Camavinga did
, and doubts flew over the air over a squad that seemed to have no level to fight all the titles.
The youngsters (Vinicius,
and Camavinga) had an outstanding start to the season, leading the team in victories at San Siro and Mestalla and helping in the rotations of Ancelotti, but the Sheriff stormed the Bernabéu and everything changed.
And, suddenly, Vinicius.
A stellar performance in Donetsk, a great Clásico and two other goals against Elche unexpectedly put the Brazilian on the podium of the best players of the moment.
Madrid went through a mini crisis and Ancelotti ended the rotations.
A perfect month under the hierarchy of Militao and Alaba, the wand of
, Modric and
and with Vinicius and Benzema as the top scorers in the League.
The defeats of Barcelona and Atlético began to give Madrid a lot of air in the leadership.
The confirmation of a template that refuses to change cycles.
Benzema finished the year with a double at San Mamés and Modric was the best against Atlético and Inter to grab first place in the Champions League and further distance himself in the League.
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