The win against Deportivo Alavés extended an interesting, if a little arbitrary, record under Zidane. Real Madrid have never lost three games in a row under the manager. While this is a small consolation compared to the troubling gap between the team and Atletico Madrid in addition to the recent cup eliminations, it still serves to reinforce a level of consistency (results wise) under the current coach. Despite not being with the team physically, the manager was certainly involved behind the scenes as communicated by his right hand man, David Bettoni, and as could be observed on the bench.
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The match against Alavés marked the 238th official competitive match Zidane has overseen as first team manager. In that time, the team recorded 34 losses (or 14%) and never did so more than twice consecutively. To show how impressive this is to a degree, the two other managers that have coached Los Blancos since Zidane took over have each overseen three losses in a row. This included successive defeats in October 2018 under Julen Lopetegui and in February and March 2019 under Santiago Solari.
The Alavés victory was without doubt critical in maintaining the confidence of Florentino Perez and the board in the team and the coach following subsequent exits in the Super Cup and Copa del Rey. Emilio Butragueño publicly supported the manager and affirmed how much the club values him. While history has shown that these kinds of statements do not always correlate with the real thinking at the decision-making level, they are still words that Zidane and his staff will welcome. The club can only hope that this is the start of a positive run and more consistency.