Zidane’s positivity: Zinedine Zidane is clearly an excellent tactician and man-manager, but maybe his biggest virtue as Real Madrid boss is his ability to generate and maintain a positive mindset within his squad. Last August it was far from clear that Real Madrid would have a good 2019/20 campaign, after finishing the previous season 19 points behind winners Barcelona, and then a difficult summer transfer window.
The focus after the Covid-19 break: Blancos midfielder Toni Kroos scored just two minutes into their first game back against Eibar, and they were never behind in any game before they clinched the title. Even as Zidane rotated his team amid the heavy schedule of games every three or four days, there were none of the individual errors or lapses in concentration which have derailed Madrid title challenges in the past.
Defensive strength with the ‘Fantastic Four’: Courtois-Ramos-Varane-Casemiro:Just 23 goals conceded across their first 37 games was crucial to Madrid’s title victory. A run of seven clean sheets in eight games during the autumn set them on their way, while just four goals conceded in the first 10 matches following the Covid-19 enforced break underlined just how tight they became.
Benzema’s oustanding 21 goals, along with a record 21 different goalscorers: 26 different senior squad members got playing time across the first 37 La Liga games, while an even more spectacular stat is that a record 21 players got on the scoresheet. Karim Benzema’s 21 La Liga goals have been crucial, but he has had help from all areas of the team.
A victory in El Clasico to overcome Barcelona: The key game of the season was Real Madrid’s 2-0 La Liga El Clasico victory over Barcelona back in March. A very tight game was decided late on with goals from Los Blancos back-up attackers Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz.