By Mac Izu Nelson
When Zinedine Zidane took up the reins as Real Madrid head coach, it got a lot of tongues wagging.
After all here was a man with apparently no experience as a top flight coach, no major honours to his name as a coach, and no experience with dealing players of the ilk of Madrid’s first team.
But the former French international player and former world’s best player, silently went about his business, donning his black trench coat.
And his focus has paid dividends. Since that frankly mind boggling loss against Wolfsburg last year, Madrid have gone a record 40 games without tasting defeat.
In doing so, they have completely shattered the previous record of 39 games set by Barcelona.
Barcelona went 39 games unbeaten between October 2015 and March 2016, as they swept to La Liga and Copa del Rey crowns.
They collected 32 victories and seven draws during that run, before Real brought it to an abrupt halt with a 2-1 Clasico victory.
Real’s run is slightly less impressive than Barca’s in terms of games won and goals scored, with 30 wins and 10 stalemates played out.
They have also netted 115 times, compared to 122 plundered by the men from Catalunya in their run.
Barca also conceded just 23 goals in 39 games, while Real have been breached 39 times in their record run.
The capital outfit are, however, now the pick of the Spanish crop and remain on course for multiple major honours this season. They have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, while also sitting top of the La Liga standings and through to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Karim Benzema scored an agonizingly late equaliser last night to preserve Madrid’s unbeaten run, and now Real Madrid go into the weekend high on confidence.
They remain unbent, unboxed, and unbroken.