Zidane just one match from history

Real Madrid are closing in on the record set by Leo Beenhakker’s 1988/89 team of going 34 matches undefeated, a team with whom they have many similarities.

Having drawn in the Camp Nou and having won at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, Los Blancos still have a chance of equalling and of surpassing that historic run, which they will do if they overcome the challenges posed by Borussia Dortmund and Deportivo La Coruna, who both visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this coming week.

1. Time

 

The first record was set by Beenhakker’s group between October 2, 1988, and April 9, 1989, a total of 189 days.

Zinedine Zidane’s men, on the other hand, kicked off their record on April 9, 2016, when they defeated Eibar 4-0 – just days after a 2-0 loss away at Wolfsburg – and they remain unbeaten 239 days later, although it should be noted that their run includes the summer months.

2. Results

Interestingly, both squads have won the same amount of matches on their respective unbeaten runs, with the 1988/89 group winning 25 games and drawing nine, while Zidane’s group has tasted victory 25 times and has drawn on eight occasions thus far.

3. Close Shaves

 

Beenhakker’s side had to overcome some difficult opponents on their record-breaking sequence, beating Barcelona 3-2 at home and drawing with the Blaugrana 0-0 away, while also avoiding defeat against top team such as Sevilla, Valencia, PSV Eindhoven and AC Milan.

The closest matches the current group has taken part in include their two visits to the Camp Nou – 2-1 and 1-1 – and the Champions League final last May. Sporting CP and Legia Warsaw also nearly stole three points past Real in Europe in late 2016.

4. Titles

 

Thanks to their unstoppable run, the 1988/89 LaLiga title ended up at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, as did that year’s Copa del Rey, while Zidane led his team to Champions League and UEFA Super Cup glory.

5. Starting XIs

With his full squad available, Beenhakker’s ideal starting XI consisted of: Buyo, Chendo, Sanchís, Tendillo, Gordillo; Gallego, Schuster, Martín Vázquez, Míchel; Butragueño, Hugo Sánchez.

Zidane, meanwhile, would ideally opt for: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Benzema, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo.

culled from Marca.com

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