REAL MADRID WIN LA LIGA: This is Real Madrid’s best defense in 30 years – Julien Laurens | ESPN FC

published on July 17, 2020

We have to start this show in Spain where al Madrid are champions of La Liga for a 34th time this after they defeat be a trial two to one we're joined by Julian Iran and gab Makati Jules I'll start with you Real Madrid at the beginning of the

Restart we said it was very likely they would have to win every single game to overtake Barcelona they've done it and they've done it so easily they've clinched the league with a match still to be played you arrived ten wins

Out of ten and there were two points behind Barcelona when we started La Liga what six weeks ago something and then they were just in stoppable they may maybe not always the most pleasant towards attacking wise but so efficient

In both box he's so solid defensively this is the best remedy defense for for the last 30 years and that was always the plan from Sudan that was his prayer his priority to win a league at this season he promised it he delivered it

And he did it in a very different way than the other titles that he won before I declared this one was built on being very strong defensively being very well organized playing as a team and then relying on kind Benzema to screw the

Gold Benzema has been fantastic all season and the defense has been fantastic all season Thibaut Courtois in gold Baron and Sergio Ramos at the bag the two fullbacks as well they've been they've been pretty special I think and

Zidane one is eleventh title for a Madrid 11th title in 209 games that's one title every 19 games is pretty incredible yeah I don't believe Real Madrid have trailed since the restart how impressed have you been with their

Performances been very good and I think even when you know people will flag up certain games where they got the rubber the Green was a var and whatnot but I agree with Jules you have to look beyond that this is almost another level of

Real Madrid it's almost as if when you think about it the galactica era is well and truly over in the sense that you know Karim Benzema is fantastic as he was he he isn't a galactical type as much as he is you

Know a warrior hardhat type you know you go through the team Eden Hazard out for most of the season gareth bale once again missing in action other than his shenanigans on the bench you know except

For Tony crows mode Moggridge as well off the bench a lot of the time you know we saw a lot of rotation we saw a lot of grit we saw a lot of efficiency we saw I think a side of Zidane who previously was seen as just kind of like a man

Manager a guy who didn't necessarily get too involved was not to screw things up and just let the players play we saw a guy who was actually very actively coaching and when the injured guys came back he worked them back in and I I

Think you know in some ways this might be the most satisfying of the of the titles that sedan is one jewel so much has been made in recent days of officials var helping out Real Madrid even with your Barcelona ways will you

Discredit that argument here I just think they were the best team all season really since they lost against maokai in October I think they've been on another level really in terms of as we said the resort's of course the way they were

Playing pretty much everything they did was was almost perfect and even with the pandemic and that break they came back flying as we said with those 10 wins that was so well prepared far better prepared than bass or not for example

Both fitness-wise and tactically as well and I think Zidane deserves a lot of credit you see Dan it was a priority because he still feels that it doesn't maybe get the credit that it deserves and that what he did before in the past

La Liga in 2017 obviously the three champions in a row that people never praised him enough really was all about but you've got Cristiano Ronaldo all you've got great players and you've got a team that was winning before and all

That kind of stuff and I think this one for him will always be very special because he didn't maybe as we said in a very different way but but also him as it as a man as a manager was very different and the personnel that he had

Especially without Cristiano was very different and I think he will he will take I think far more pride in in many ways to have won this one especially considering that remarried I don't worry since 2017 that it would always I think

Have a very special taste for him this one gap not a lot missing from the Dons managerial resume what is this title due to it in a very very different context in a different way when we look at the

Injuries they had the fact that you know the the newcomers over the summer people like like Galva Chand enhancer grafts didn't contribute the way some might have imagined and and he dealt with it and he dealt with it very well and he

Stayed steady even as Barcelona had all sorts of issues and he didn't let round Madrid's issues affect them I think that's the main different you can chuck in the defeat in the Champions League as well to Manchester City's you know in

The past that would have had a knock-on effect or it might have had a knock-on effect they lose very often obviously the Champions League but today I'm really insulated a team very well giuls individually plenty of players to

Point out but how about Thibaut Courtois there was a time when it seemed like real madrid fans were really against this guy he's been arguably their best player over the last couple weeks yeah I mean he has you know behind Karim

Benzema please savvy vanillin or more seriously he's been he's been fantastic first goalkeepers went to win La Liga with the to Madrid side eclectic own and well Madrid he you know he would win the the Zamora award and the best goalkeeper

In the season without without any problems at all and and I think if he looks like he's back now to his best level which maybe we hadn't seen for the last two or three years really an especially last season where he really

Struggled but as we said this time everything very much was built on being very efficient defensively and to have Ramos and and Varna that kind of level in front of you is a big help to have casimiro in the kind of form that he

Showed since October is a big help as well but still he had one two shots per game to deal with and usually did that very well so another reason why they've been so good since the restart and those 10 wins in a row is also because coach

While been playing an amazing level Jules you want to talk about Benzema okay what about this penalty kick that Real Madrid attempt it I mean look yeah you know you could say that the title may have felt at that point like it was

Already one but gap just say a strange scene there does he said here Ramos try the pass and then Madrid not be able at least in that attempt to pull it off did you have any problem with it I mean

I don't know why people do this because it so rarely goes well it's obviously it's a loophole in the rules it's actually difficult to pull off properly we saw you know the famous case with Pearson honoree and in the Premier

League on Segoe is it disrespectful you know I think it comes down to how the players on the bid see it I don't have an issue with it but that said if I was a virile player I would have said just stick the freaking penalty away Sergio

And you know you don't need to to go and make it about you again you know you've made twenty two in a row just go make it twenty three and let's move on Jules any issue with what Benzema did and Ramos as well no I mean I agree with GAAP I was

There actually when when Pearson re-mastered rep against man sitting in in 2004 Highbury and and I felt really embarrassed and they could not take it again so it's a bit of a different one but listen they they want you to have a

Bit of fun I think that's that's what he was they probably tried a a training before and as gab said you try a training and it's all great and you do it but no everybody can do it like Cruyff and iyx did all those years ago

And certainly not Orion and Paris and certainly not Sergio Ramos and Benzema happened then Benzema scored the second one and and the whole game is over but but yeah I mean when you don't do it perfectly well it's just not it's not

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