Real Madrid wins a record 34th La Liga championship

Published On July 28, 2020 | By Anukul Thakur | COVID-19, Sports
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is tossed by his players after winning La Liga, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the COVID-19. (REUTERS/Sergio Perez)
Anukul Thakur

Real Madrid erased a three-year losing drought when it won the Spanish La Liga Championship on July 16.

Madrid sealed the league by defeating Villareal 2-1 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano (stadium) on Thursday, its 34th championship in the 91-year-old league.

The Spanish club — a power house among European football teams — has not lost a single game since the Spanish league resumed on June 11 after a temporary shutdown because of COVID-19.

The win reinforces the Los Blancos’ winning record which rival soccer clubs Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are chasing with 26 and 10 league titles respectively.

Zinedine Zidane, former midfielder for Real and for France in international matches, left his manager position at Real Madrid just days after winning the 2018 UEFA Champions League.

But he returned to replace Santiago Solari as manager in March last year.

The Real Madrid boss, whose nickname is Zizou, has won the La Liga twice. He’s won the Champions League three times and now seeks his fourth crown with Madrid, which is still in the race for the 2020 UEFA Champions League.

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But it will be a tough slog as Zizou’s XI, which will be playing without captain Sergio Ramos as he was red carded in a 2-1 losing game with Manchester City.

City is unsure if the injured Sergio Agüero, injured in a tackle by Burnley FC defender Ben Mee last month, will make the starting 11 when the teams clash in their second UEFA Champions League match next month. Authorities are also monitoring the worsening situation in Spain involving COVID-19.

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