It's not easy to keep your composure in football when there are millions of eyes watching you and often questioning you. And I consider Zinedine Zidane a virtuoso in this regard. He always maintains the same line, without getting carried away, and he answers the most difficult questions very calmly.
He has a way of being that has also helped him win the affection of the players. And he showed his personality by leaving the Merengue bench in his first stage when he felt his battery had run out.
People have taken him seriously for being someone who follows his principles.
In his second stage, as returned with more power, but the level of demand in a team of Real Madrid's size is unrelenting and he has shown courage and character when rumours began to emerge about his future this season.
Neither I nor anyone else has all the elements to judge him as a coach, football is not an exact science that depends on the sum of several elements on the board.
But I do recognize in this Real Madrid winner of La Liga a piece of serious and solvent equipment without having the attacking push of the Barça. They have been able to compensate for Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring bonus by making the goals profitable through defensive solidity, enduring tight results and managing the matches.
I do not deny that they have had a pinch of fortune, but their statistics after the confinement are undeniable with a dozen victories. They have been a more supportive team with the absences of big stars like Eden Hazard or Gareth Bale.
A solidity that has also been noticed outside the field. From Real Madrid, we haven't heard any controversy about salary cuts in the confinement or players who feel argued about seeing their names in the market.
And despite being a club that has had less patience with other coaches, this time it has not lost its nerve in a season conditioned by the health crisis.
Sevilla FC has been another example in this sense, now that everything is praised for its classification in the Champions League. With Monchi's leadership in the sports field, they have known how to keep the type and not to succumb to pressures when the results were not favourable.
The great support they have offered to Julen Lopetegui has allowed Sevilla FC not to deviate from the marked way and to become a team difficult to beat.
Also, Atletico de Madrid has not let itself be distracted when Simeone has been questioned, nobody can imagine this club without Cholo and the patience has been rewarded with some quarterfinals of the Champions League and the guarantee of being in the highest European competition next season.
The general instability has not exactly been the best ally of Barca this season. Something to which I think that also it made reference Leo Messi when it took the word days behind, although single he can know the true sense of his declarations.
As my father said in one of his pearls before the press, "If I had wanted you to understand me, I would have explained myself much better". To a good understanding, few words are enough.
I LIKE IT
Barça's victory in Vitoria with a double by Leo Messi. The Barça knew to be to the height after the defeat against Osasuna. It was the best possible answer to the bitter taste of losing La Liga.
In a hectic week, football took the limelight again to take the air and face the Champions League play-off against Napoli with better feelings.
I DO NOT LIKE IT.
The street crowds in celebrations of sporting successes. It is scary to see the images of Liverpool, Cadiz or Leeds now that we are living the threat of new Covid-19 outbreaks. It's time to impose sanity in the middle of the final stretch of the season. In that sense, Madrid has been able to set an example with a Cibeles without fans when Real Madrid won La Liga.
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