Real Madrid: 5 things we learned from the 2020-21 season

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images) /
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It’s been quite the whirlwind of a season for Real Madrid. The 2020/21 campaign has been littered with incredible highs and some crushing lows. However, despite finishing the campaign without any major silverware, there was still plenty to be learnt from the campaign.

Looking back on the season, we have compiled a list of five lessons that Zinedine Zidane and Co. have learned from this campaign.

1. Zinedine Zidane must be retained at all costs:

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images) /

Throughout the course of the season, Zinedine Zidane has had to endure a considerable amount. The early portion of the season was turbulent, with the press calling for his head as early as October. Inconsistent results paired with streaky performances had many doubting whether the Frenchman was the right man to navigate the murky waters.

However, come the end of the season, not only has he kept them afloat, he turned what looked like a destined shipwreck and stabilised it. Keep in mind, he has done this with the most injuries suffered to any team in Europe, with no incoming transfer business through the summer and the winter.

There may be no silverware to show, but Zidane has showcased this season that he has and is continuing to evolve as a coach. Often without his gala XI, Zidane went through the entire LaLiga campaign having got results against all of the league’s top sides. Given for most of those, he did not have his full squad available.

What Zidane has managed to do with Real this season has been nothing short of impressive. With the deck truly stacked against him, with little assistance from the board in reinforcing the squad, he kept them alive to a Champions League semi-final and the final day of LaLiga.

If Zidane is given the opportunity to be granted a window of transfers, to truly further build and redevelop the squad, there is no reason to believe he can’t take Real back to the top.