Real Madrid close a perfect January

Galatasaray (twice), Leganes, Real Betis, Eibar, Real Sociedad, Paris Saint-Germain, Alaves, Espanyol, Club Brugge, Valencia (twice), Barcelona, Athletic Club, Getafe, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Unionistas de Salamanca, Real Valladolid… and Real Zaragoza.

These are the collection of teams that have failed to beat Real Madrid as Los Blancos have gone on a 20-game unbeaten run, which began on October 22 in Istanbul.

Winning dynamic
Real Madrid have gone 100 days and 20 matches without tasting defeat, with a record of 15 wins and five draws.

This run has seen Zinedine Zidane’s side win the Supercopa de Espana, take top spot in LaLiga Santander, reach the last 16 of the Champions League and secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Yet, the streak of good results had led to other positive consequences: the team are looking more confident and they have rediscovered their winning dynamic.

Zidane has also been able to get some players to recover their form, while the tension that was present last summer and at the beginning of the season has completely vanished.

Impeccable month
Following their qualification for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, which came after a 4-0 win away at Real Zaragoza on Wednesday night, Real Madrid have closed the month of January with seven wins in LaLiga Santander, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.

Three victories have seen them become outright LaLiga Santander leaders, two saw them lift the Supercopa de Espana, and the remaining two in the Copa del Rey have kept their hopes of a domestic alive.

A few months, it would have been hard to believe that Los Merengues would be favourites to achieve the domestic treble, while they will be a threat in the Champions League, too.

The last time Real Madrid lost was away at Real Mallorca on October 19, but since then they have gone on a 12-game unbeaten run in LaLiga Santander, winning eight and drawing four. As such, they have picked up 28 of a possible 36 points.

In fact, Zidane’s side had not been sole leaders of LaLiga Santander after the 21st matchday since the 2016/17 season, a campaign which led to them lifting the title.

A new Real Madrid
In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane has implemented a system in his second spell at the club whereby defending is prioritised.

This has been important during this season as Real Madrid have not always been able to rely on their goalscoring exploits in attack, and thus far it is working.

Zidane has been able to get almost all of the squad reconnected, having recovered players who performed poorly last season whilst also introducing the summer’s signings and bringing the likes of Fede Valverde into the starting line-up.

The Frenchman is rotating his side and his players are responding every week, as shown with the win at Zaragoza.

Everyone is on board and there is more good news to come as the star of this project, Eden Hazard, is nearing a full recovery from the injury he suffered against Paris Saint-Germain.