Real Madrid clinched a record-extending 34th LaLiga title with one game to spare by beating Villarreal 2-1 at home on Thursday thanks to two goals from their leading scorer Karim Benzema.
Karim Benzema scored twice against Villareal for a 2-1 victory on Thursday to extend Madrid’s 10-match perfect winning record following the coronavirus-enforced break, sealing the club’s first league title in three years.
The Los Blancos trailed rivals Barcelona by two points when LaLiga was suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, but a season-best 10-game winning run catapulted them to the title.
Zidane wins a trophy every 19 games
This La Liga triumph represents Zidane’s 11th trophy during his managerial reign at the club.
After initially taking over in January 2016, Zidane went on to clinch the Champions League trophy in the 2015/16 campaign before adding the Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup to his trophy cabinet. The 2016/17 La Liga title followed while Real Madrid retained their Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup crowns.
A third consecutive European Cup was won in the 2017/18 season days before Zidane stepped down as manager. The Frenchman returned 10 months later and added another Spanish Cup to his managerial trophy cabinet.
Real recover from Ronaldo departure
Many believed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid in 2018 would see the collapse of the club, while last season showed clear signs that this may materialize, Zidane’s men completely turned things around at the club in as collective a way as possible.
Real Madrid have used 26 players this campaign and 21 of those have found the back of the net. Captain and centre-back Sergio Ramos has found the back of the net 10 times. Karim Benzema has also upped his game since Zidane’s return scoring 20 goals in back-to-back seasons for the first time.
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‘Best day of my life’
“This is one of the best days in my life professionally. It’s another league title, after the confinement and everything else that happened. I wish we could celebrate with the fans, but I’m sure they are very happy at home seeing their team win the league again.”
Zidane told a virtual press conference.
Real Madrid next face Leganés in their final league game of the season on Sunday before turning their attention to their crunch Uefa Champions League last 16 second-leg clash against Manchester City on the 7th of August. Madrid have it all to do after going down 2 – 1 at home in the first-leg.