Paris: A before and after for Real Madrid
In the 2019/20 season there has already been a before and after for Real Madrid, and the 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was the turning point for Zinedine Zidane’s charges.
It was a defensive horror show in the Champions League which saw Los Blancos start their continental campaign in the worst possible manner, and it then created anxiety for the subsequent domestic fixtures with Sevilla, Osasuna and Atletico Madrid.
In those three LaLiga Santander matches, though, Los Merengues have conceded a grand total of zero goals, putting to bed any defensive woes.
They allowed PSG to attack them at will with Angel Di Maria the star performer, but defensively diligent performances from Real Madrid’s attacking players have helped stem the flow of goals.
Nobody expected Zidane’s charges to avoid defeat in Seville, but they were magnificent, not conceding a single shot on goal to Julen Lopetegui’s team.
Alphonse Areola made his debut for the club in the match against Osasuna, but the outcome was identical with the Pamplona club failing to register a single shot on target.
In the Madrid derby, only one shot was allowed on Real Madrid’s goal in a 0-0 draw, and this newfound defensive resolve has turned the team’s fortunes around, a far cry from the shambles seen at the very start of the season.