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“This game bears no relation to lớn what happened 10 months ago.” Zidane was adamant in his pregame presser. “This game is totally different lớn that one. It has nothing to vì chưng with what happened then. We did well in that game but this is completely different. The way we mix up might be different or it might not, all will be revealed tomorrow”. All was revealed và Zidane played the same hand. Oddly enough, things would turn out to be very similar lớn the match in Cardiff 10 months ago. The diamond returned with Isco playing a starring role, Varane và Ramos were immense at the heart of defense, Madrid outnumbered Juventus in midfield, Keylor made some crucial saves, & Cristiano was clinical. Even the first goal was eerily similar to those in Cardiff, a low driven cross cut back across goal smashed trang chính by a certain Cristiano Ronalvị. The Portuguese deserves all the accolades coming his way. Time và time again he produces when it matters most. At 33 years of age, Ronalvì is in some of the best goal scoring form of his career. It is Ronaldo’s presence and Ronaldo’s goals that phối Madrid apart. Though, Ronaldo’s goals would not bear fruition without the labor & skill possessed by the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, & Isco who all performed at a high level in Turin.

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The Return of the Diamond:

The lights were bright, the rain was pouring down, và the tension was at an all-time high in Turin—Madrid had never won a knockout tie in Italy against Juventus. In the previous week, Isco had set the world alight with a superb hat trichồng for Spain against Argentimãng cầu. After the match, he claimed he did not have the confidence of Zidane & maybe he had not earned it. Now, in Turin, with everything on the line including Zidane’s job security—Isco was thrusted into the line-up và placed in his preferred position at the top of a midfield diamond with total freedom. Zidane, cool as ever, allowed his actions lớn speak louder than words—proving he has total confidence in El Mago. The kim cương formation has been much maligned this season due to the lachồng of defensive structure it provides, but it was clear Zidane wanted to lớn take advantage of a weakened Juventus midfield. Young Bentacur was placed as the lone defensive sầu midfielder in a 5-3-2 formation, và Madrid looked lớn size as many passing options in the midfield lớn play around Juventus’ three. With Benzema dropping deep và Isco roaming, Madrid’s numerical superiority often looked lượt thích a 5v3 in midfield. Case in point below:

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The quichồng interchange between players was crucial to lớn Madrid’s success. Each player looks to create a passing option via triangles for the player in possession.

The one player who has lớn make the most sacrifices within the 4-3-1-2 is Luka Modric. He is the one player capable of playing almost any position & performing at a world class cấp độ. With a diamond midfield, Modric is burdened—he almost plays as a right midfielder.

The diamond squeezes Isteo into lớn the team, và he was great, but it’s detrimental to lớn Modric. He gets glued lớn that right wing with no outlet in front of him.

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The Croatian’s heat-maps says it all. He is glued khổng lồ that right side of the midfield in order lớn provide adequate defensive cover khổng lồ that side of the pitch, but his dominate influence higher và more centrally up the pitch is certainty limited.

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Keylor “Toshiro Mifune” Navas Provides a trò chơi Defining Save

All the tactics in the world can be thrown out the door with a simple moment. The game of football is defined by moments. A single moment can turn the momentum & the belief from one team khổng lồ another despite any prior events in the match. In the 23rd minute, Keylor Navas produced a game defining và possibly season defining moment. Paulo Dybala curled in an inch perfect không tính tiền kiông chồng which found his fellow Argentine, Gonzalo Higuain, who made great contact with the ball & looked to have scored a certain goal against his former club. Had it not been for the insane reflexes of the Costa Rican, Juventus would have sầu equalized và the Allianz stadium would have sầu erupted. The game likely would have sầu turned on its head & Madrid would have needed khổng lồ weather a likely storm from Juve sầu. There would be no what if’s thanks khổng lồ Keylor’s heroics. Tactics go out the window sometimes và you need pure individual brilliance khổng lồ change a game. It wasn’t just Cristiano who provided said brilliance:

That set piece would not be an anomaly. It was a theme throughout the night, Madrid struggled to giảm giá khuyến mãi with Juve’s phối pieces, especially Dybala’s deliveries in the first half. Keylor would come up big time và time again. His influence in this match should not be undermined.

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It!

Ah, the old adage—“if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”, that seemed khổng lồ be the mentality Zidane & his staff had in preparing lớn face Juventus. They had a gold plated game plan for the final in Cardiff and they simply dusted it off và put it khổng lồ the kiểm tra again. Modric even revealed Zidane’s game plan to HTV after the final, “He said, as quoted by ​the World Game: ”Zidane và his staff detected Juventus’ defensive weakness, so throughout the week, in preparation for the final, we practiced return passes…Juventus’ defense is great when it comes to crosses, but not so on low return passes. That is what we worked on và that is how we scored three of our goals in the final. Congratulations to the coach for that detail, which was the key in the final.” It was the same playbook, take a look at Ronaldo’s goals—one from Cardiff and one from Turin:

The same exact personnel were placed out on the field as were 10 months ago for Madrid and the same game plan with a very similar result. It could not have sầu gone better for the French tactician.


As a reader it may have become obvious, more so than tactics, brilliant individual performances were the catalyst to lớn this result. The overall collective structure of the team was not great, yet it was masked by stellar moments—lượt thích Keylor Navas save from Higuain in the first half and Cristiano’s mouthwatering bicycle kiông chồng. Zidane dusted off his playbook from 10 months ago và rolled out the same starting XI & the same game plan—quiông xã midfield interchanges và low driven crosses, cut bachồng across the goal mouth. As per usual, Ramos pulled out another big game performance, Kroos was the metronome, & Zidane gave Isco all his confidence. The night will go down in history for Los Blancos và Cristiano has etched his name into lớn the Champions League folklore once again.