Real Madrid: Madrid’s garden

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LThe finals are the garden of Real Madrid. Its effectiveness in decisive matches is astonishinga. In the last golden age of the club, the one that opened with the conquest of the tenth in Lisbon, his record is prodigious. He has played 17 decisive games, and has won all but one. A success rate of 94%which loads the old aphorism that governs the white club with reasons: “Finals are not played, they are won“.

That legendary title, the Tenth Champions, had a hinge effectin the history of Madrid. Not only because of the round number nor because of the miraculous nature of the headbutt of bouquets to beat Courtois in the 93rd minute. That European Cup opened a new era at the club, that of the five Champions -in five finals played- and a single defeat in the XX played since that night in Da Luz.

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It was just the athletic, the victim of the lethal turn of the neck of today’s PSG player, the one who broke a dynamic that, even if only by pure statistics, could not be perfect. It was in the European Super Cup 2018in a match played in the flirtatious Le Coq Arena from Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. And it was a resounding defeat, a 4-2 for Simeone’s squadwho came as champion of the Europa League to a game in which Madrid no longer had Christianthe hammer of the four out of five Champions, who a month before had left the Bernabou Course to turn.

Before the departure of the Portuguese, Madrid went on a streak of eleven finals won without failurewhich began with that of Copa del Rey in mestalla before him Barcelona. then came Lisbon and, thereafter, the deluge: three more Champions, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cupss. It was the legacy of Zinedine Zidane in a Madrid that lost the first final it played without the French shaman on the bench, the defeat in Estonia against Atleti.

In the ‘post-Christianity’ period Madrid hasn’t fared badly either, He has won the five finals played by the club since the departure of ‘7’. In the same 2018with solarithe Club World Cup before him al ain; in 2020the Spanish Super Cup in Arabia before, again, the athletic; and, already in 2022 in the second stage of Carlo Ancelotti at the head of the team, the three he has played: Spanish and European Super Cups against Athletic and Eintracht, and the Champions League against Liverpool.

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Madrid is doing well in the new Super Cup format final to four that relegated to the previous one, back and forth (this is how they also beat Barcelona in 2017). However, today’s duel is new because it is the first decisive classic in the new competition model. A new challenge for Madrid, another challenge for a competitive fiber beyond any doubt since spring 2014.

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