Experience, calmness and effective circulation; Despite all the injuries and bad results, the French Zinedine Zidane succeeded in correcting the bad start in the European Champions League football this season, as his team, Real Madrid, will be able to reach the final eighth round when it meets its host Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine on Tuesday 1 December 2020 . </p><div> <p>The coach, who led the Royal Club to three consecutive titles between 2016 and 2018 in a historic achievement, knew his toughest start in the most important continental competition this season.
The Spanish champion fell in a surprising way at home to the reserve team of Shakhtar 2-3 in the opening round after the absence of most of the Ukrainian team players due to infection with the new Corona virus, before it tied in Germany 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of last October.
But since then, things have become more positive for the capital team, as two successive wins against Inter, and the runners-up to the European League (Europa League) 3-2 and 2-0, put Real in second place in Group Two behind leaders Gladbach.
– “The right way”
“I don’t know if this was the most perfect match of the season or not,” said the former French international after winning in Milan last week, “but we did a great way. They said we don’t win in the Champions League without Sergio Ramos, and we won this evening. We are gradually getting better.” I think we are on the right path. We must continue to do so. ”
Real will reach the second round for the 24th time in a row, specifically since 1997, if it wins in Ukraine on Wednesday, to take a step towards a possible fourth title for Zidane in his favorite tournament.
However, problems still haunt Zizou. In addition to the injury of Ramos and his compatriot Karim Benzema, who missed the second leg against Inter, the efforts of the Belgian Aden Hazar, who suffered a 1-2 loss to Alaves in the league on Saturday, will miss the Shakhtar match.
But how did the coach act in order to get his team back on the right track in Europe?
It was not the first time that the 1998 World Cup winner faced a similar situation, as Real often showed their heels when they found themselves in trouble.
Last season, Zidane was close to being sacked, according to the Spanish press, before a fateful match in the Champions League against Turkey’s Galatasaray … which ended with a sweeping victory for Madrid with a clean sixth.
– “Completed moments”
And Zidane’s management of the team is always a classic: he does not react excessively, be it when achieving victories or after receiving defeats, as he knew over the years how to deal with the weak moments of his players.
“Sometimes, everything goes well, and from time to time we face a more complicated moment, as is the general situation today,” he said at the press conference last Tuesday, before the Inter confrontation.
The 48-year-old added, “We are going through that now and one of the most difficult confrontations awaits us, but all teams are going through that this season.”
Injuries allowed Zidane to test and discover more options on the bench, with Dominican Mariano Diaz playing at spearhead instead of Benzema against Inter last week.
However, the French international returned to the Royal Brigade and will be present in Ukraine on Wednesday.
Therefore, the former Juventus star appears in a good position to reach the final price, as he will also try to achieve a better result than last season when he came out against Manchester City in this particular role.
After achieving the first goal, his eyes will turn to the domestic league, where he will also seek to correct the course, as the defending champion finds himself in fourth place, 7 points away from the leaders – the surprise is Real Sociedad, although he has a postponed match.