Real Madrid: Was Zinedine Zidane right about selling Reguilon for Mendy?

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Bryan Gil of SD Eibar duels for the ball with Ferland Mendy of Real Madrid (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images) /


In terms of tackling, Sergio Reguilon has tackled more players(26) in the Premier League and has won more tackles(16) despite playing few minutes than Ferland Mendy this season. Mendy has tackled 17 players but has won only 10 of those tackles.

But this where Mendy edges out Reguilon when it comes to players dribbling past the Frenchman. Ferland Mendy has only been dribbled past four times this season in La Liga which simply proves how effective he isc for the backline. Meanwhile, Reguilon has been dribbled past 11 times despite playing fewer minutes.


Many La Liga fans are under the impression that Ferland Mendy is quite clumsy with the ball since he is quite over-reliant on his left-foot and does not make use of his weaker foot at all. Although there is some truth in that statement, as Mendy has been dispossessed 21 times this season in La Liga.

However, Mendy has almost double the carries(663) than Reguilon(391) and has covered a lot more ground with the ball on his feet (3769 yards). The distance that Mendy has covered with the ball on his feet simply shows how effective the Frenchman is when needed to carry the ball forward for an attack.

The 25-year-old left-back is also a better dribbler as he has completed more dribbles than Sergio Reguilon. Mendy has attempted 33 dribbles out of which 19 were successful oweing to a 57.6 success rate which is better than Reguilon’s 43.8 success rate.

Last but not the least, let’s look at their overall impact in deciding the game for their respective sides. When Ferland Mendy starts for Real Madrid, the Spanish side average 2.36 points per match out of 3 points. Meanwhile, when Reguilon starts for Spurs, the north London side averages only 1.73 points out of 3.

After a detailed analysis, what do you think about Zinedine Zidane’s decision of keeping Ferland Mendy instead of Sergio Reguilon? All statistics have been taken from 

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