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Zinedine Zidane Key To Real Madrid’s 1st League Title Without Cristiano Ronaldo

Jul 16, 2020, 4:51 PM
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Sergio Ramos the Madrid captain lifts the La Liga trophy during the Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on July 16, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MADRID – Zinedine Zidane knew Real Madrid would be OK despite a humiliating 7-3 defeat to rival Atlético Madrid in a friendly in the United States in the preseason. And he was right.

Zidane and Madrid are celebrating the Spanish league title almost a year after that loss.

It is the team’s first league trophy since Zidane returned as coach and the first since Cristiano Ronaldo left to join Juventus.

Madrid sealed its record 34th league title with a 1-0 win over Villarreal at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium.

It has a seven-point lead over second-place Barcelona with one round to go.

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