A glimpse of the key points of this three-point draw in the Champions League.
Real Madrid finally got their first win in the 2020 Champions League on Tuesday night. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s answer the three questions that were answered and the three new questions that emerged from that 3-2 win.
- How did Zidane look against Conte Part One?
Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are back. They played together at Juventus for five years and appeared together in 131 matches. This means Conte is in the top 20 of Zidane’s teammates from his playing days. When Zidane started as coach, he even returned to Juventus to spend time on the training ground and learn from Conte. “The relationship is good, although we don’t speak regularly,” Zidane told his pre-match press conference about the state of the relationship at the moment. But these are two football characters with a lot of history and two coaches with many different personalities and even tactics. So it will be interesting to see what their first competitive game as a coach will be like and the truth is that three goals by three goals was a lot of fun.
- Is Lucas Vazquez fully recovered?
Lucas Vazquez was skeptical about the game after having run into trouble against Huesca over the weekend, but he recovered enough to form the squad and then start the game. But can he do his best and deal with Ashley Young? Yes, that’s the answer. He may have reacted a little slowly to Inter’s second goal, but otherwise it was another outstanding display from the Spaniard, not from right-back. He’s put so much energy and hard work into this game that you have to wonder if he’s the perfect player to start this game against a team whose main tactical fold is a love of wing play.
- Will Sergio Ramos score 100 goals?
He was there for over a week and Ramos didn’t keep us waiting any longer. Real Madrid’s second goal against Inter earned him his 100th place for the club in all competitions and is the 19th player to have scored a goal in a century for a major club. What’s most impressive is that he is the first defender to reach this stage. Fernando Hierro did the same but played in midfield for several seasons. However, Ramos has been a defender, right-back or center-back, in his 15 years at Real Madrid and has added an extra layer to his already extraordinary legacy.
- What is the situation in the group?
With these three points in the bag, the focus now shifts to the situation of the group as a whole. Borussia Mönchengladbach lead with five points after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0. Then Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk each contributed four points and Inter contributed two each. It’s very close and it opens Real Madrid to win the group. The fact that all four teams are good means that they have taken points from each other and that the group can be won by a very small number of points total.
- How permanent is the danger?
Hazard must be injured, Zidane admitted in his post-match press conference. He suffered three fouls in an hour and this will follow from 2019/20 when he is fouled 4.1 times in 90 minutes. This is at the root of his major injury problems over the past year, which were mainly injuries and especially the right ankle. How long is this season? Can it stay healthy and survive constant pollution?
- Where will this program be played in the future?
Including this match, the last four competitive matches between Real Madrid and Inter have taken place in four different locations. This match takes place at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano. The last two matches took place in the Champions League in 1998/99 and took place at the San Siro in Milan and the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville. This is because Real Madrid is banned from playing at the Bernabeu after firing a shot at Borussia Dortmund’s goal. Then that match was previously in 1986 at the Bernabeu in the UEFA Cup. Where is the next meeting? We know they’ll be playing at the next San Siro, but where next? Will the next match be held at the new stadium in Milan? Maybe.
The last four places for this facility
4 November 2020: Real Madrid 3-2 Inter. Di Stefano.
November 25, 1998: Inter 3-1 Real Madrid. San Siro.
16 September 1998 Real Madrid 2-0 Inter. Ramon Sanchez Pisuan.
April 2, 1986 Real Madrid 5-1 Inter. Bernabeu.