Zidane can’t find the balance at Real Madrid

Consistency is the keyword of any team who want to dominate a competition, as Real Madrid did for three years in a row en route to three successive Champions League trophies.

Los Blancos lost their magic touch last season, though, and they haven’t recovered their form in Europe since, nor have they managed to find continuity in their games, despite Zinedine Zidane’s return.

The Frenchman was the architect of the team who stunned the continent for three consecutive years, but he is yet to make his team perform well in LaLiga Santander or the Champions League.

Zidane’s side have picked up six wins, six draws and four defeats since the start of the pre-season, with Real Madrid winning back-to-back games just twice, against Fenerbahce and RB Salzburg before the start of the season, and with Sevilla and Osasuna recently.

Los Blancos have dominated just one of these 16 games: their 3-1 win against Celta Vigo at the Estadio de Balaidos.

Madrid didn’t struggle in their wins against the Fenerbahce (5-1) and Osasuna (2-0), but they didn’t put these games to bed from the very start.

Mariano Diaz scored his team’s fifth goal in the 79th minute against the Turks, while Rodrygo Goes gave them a two-goal lead with 20 minutes to go against the Basques.

In their other two victories at Sevilla and home to Levante, they suffered until the very last minute, and Zidane’s doesn’t seem able to find the formula to bring consistency to the team.

After the 3-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain, he brought all the players together and the squad recovered their confidence, as they showed in their next three matches.

Real Madrid lack multiple consistent goal threats and balance on the pitch, with those two factors affecting both their performance and the end product.