In just two and a half seasons, many believe that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has proven himself to be the best possible fit for the club. The Frenchman has created a legendary team, one that will always be remembered after winning three consecutive Champions League titles (he's yet to manage them for three whole seasons!). This latest triumph brought his total haul to nine titles since he took over the reins, an average of a one every 17 games.
Real Madrid's empire building under Zidane
Zidane's Madrid is one that conquers, and it does so almost wherever it goes. Away from their home of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu the team's numbers are impressive. With the Marseille man in charge, Los Blancos have played in 47 different stadiums and have won in 39 of them. That equates to an 83% location win rate in these last two-and-a-half years.
According to the data provided by LaLigaEnNúmeros, only eight stadiums have resisted Zizou during his tenure. In five of them he did manage at least one draw: in the Wanda Metropolitano (0-0 against Atlético in LaLiga), Sánchez Pizjuán (3-3 last season in the Copa del Rey), the Polish Army Stadium (3-3 against Legia in the previous Champions League), the City of Manchester stadium (0-0 in the 2016 Champions League semi-finals) and the San Siro, where his side were proclaimed European Champions after the penalty shoot-out against their Madrid neighbours in 2016 (1-1 in the match).
The only three stadiums in which Zidane has tasted nothing more than defeat are the Volkswagen Arena (he lost 2-0 in his only visit in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Champions League against Wolfsburg), Montilivi, (he lost 2-1 against Girona this season) and Wembley (Madrid lost 3-1 to Tottenham in this season's Champions League group stage)
The complete list of stadiums conquered by Zidane:
In Spain: Santiago Bernabéu, Los Cármenes, Ciudad de Valencia, Gran Canaria, Camp Nou, Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Vallecas, Anoeta, Riazor, Cornellá-El Prat, Benito Villamarín, Reino de León, Mendizorroza, Vicente Calderón, El Sadar, El Madrigal, Ipurua, San Mamés, Butarque, El Molinón, Balaído, La Rosaleda, Fernando Torres, Los Pajaritos and the Mestalla.
Abroad: Rome's Olympic (Italy), San Paolo (Italy), Juventus Stadium (Italy), Lerkendal (Norway), Jose Alvalade (Portugal), Internacional de Yokohama (Japan), Allianz Arena (Germany), Millenium (Wales), Filipo II (Macedonia), GSP Stadium (Cyprus), Zayed Sport City (UAE), Parque de los Príncipes (France) and the Olympic Stadium of Kiev (Ukraine).