El Clásico de España gives Dutchman Koeman a chance for revenge against Frenchman Zidane
At the first duel on the benches between Zinedine Zidane and Ronald Koeman The French coach arrived with the need to extend his good line at the Camp Nou. The first round came out the winner, reinforced in a season of wear and tear due to the obligation of continuous demands. The second, this Saturday, with a more rolling Barcelona, presents a pulse of transcendence.
The classic gives a chance for revenge to Koeman in view of Zidane. With more months at the helm, after having earned his continuity with a job valued by his players and the new board headed by Joan Laporta. Not having found the key to avoid a new elimination of ‘Champions’, leaving the competition in the round of 16 against him PSG, does not affect the continued recovery in LaLiga. To a point of the head.
With the opportunity to land a double blow at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium. To Real Madrid in his stadium, taking him away from the pulse for the title and inviting him to focus on his options in Champions League, already the classification, assaulting the leadership to increase the pressure to a Atlético de Madrid with low keys in his visit to Betis.
A Koeman He had plenty of courage in his first classic, but he lacked reaction from the bench in the reading of the game, which won the Real Madrid 1-3. He showed that the stripes with him do not depend on age and put the beardless Pedri and Ansu Fati to play on a great date, at a time during the course in which Coutinho He imposed himself on Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann started one of those games that they score on the bench.
But his team started from the lack of stability in the double pivot, without solutions Sergio Busquets or De Jong to the surprise of Zidane in his eleven. The figure of the Uruguayan Faith Valverde he lived his great moment. Imposing his physique, breaking lines with ball driving, attacking depth and providing arrival with a goal that broke the game as soon as it started. With a lesson from Toni Kroos, leader in the creation with a 93% success in the pass, 62 good of 69 attempts in a player who risks in the long movement.
The Real Madrid He threw commitment in the first chapter of the classic and showed all the support of the squad to his coach when doubts assailed. ‘Zizou’ arrived at a low moment, after losing to Cádiz in the League in an anticipation of weakness at home against teams from other battles and falling with a crash at Di Stéfano against him Shakhtar. Suddenly doubts appeared.
And he opted to seat Luka Modric in what could be sensed as the beginning of the end until the Croatian went on to exhibit the best of his images; with Nacho chosen as a winger before the loss of Dani Carvajal the day that an injury caused the last resort, Lucas Vazquez of 2, it ended up being a solution for the whole season. The penalty scored by Sergio Ramos and the final sentence of Modric, left the goal of Ansu fati in his first appearance in a classic.
Koeman knew how to win at Real Madrid. He had done it with Valencia in the 2007/08 season. It was the day he won the Santiago Bernabéu, on March 23, 2008, with a double by David Villa and a goal by Javier Arizmendi (2-3). Twelve years later he did not find solutions at the Camp Nou to overcome the united lines of the team of Zidane. It took too long to make changes, putting Trincao, Griezmann and Dembélé eight minutes from the end. Finding with so many forwards the opposite effect to what he was looking for.
With the lesson learned you will come to Madrid, with his team more rested to go out for possession and make a team run Real Madrid that comes from doing a great physical exhaustion against Liverpool. Causes that Zidane ponder tactical tinkering. Because in front you will have a Barcelona different, with a 3-5-2 that has given him stability.
It is the same system that you resorted to Zidane to protect himself in the big events and repeat the formula of success that drove him to the conquest of the last League. Concede few goals and trust in scoring thanks to the quality of his players in the offensive phase. However, the muscle injury of Ramos and Raphael Varane’s coronavirus positive raise doubts. Before him Liverpool he went for a good result in the first leg of the quarter-finals and recovered the trident with great results. Vinícius flew and Asensio scored for the fourth consecutive game.
Returning to the formula of the three centrals would cause one of the two to start the duel on the bench, the entry of Marcelo in the left lane and the pass of Mendy as third center. At the Camp Nou, where he is the coach with the best results in the history of the white club, he came out with an offensive trident. Without Eden Hazard, still unpublished before him Barcelona for injuries, with Asensio Y Vinícius plus Karim Benzema as a great reference. Everything indicates that he will repeat looking for success in a week that sets the course and could not have started better for his interests.