Casemiro’s goal against Deportivo La Coruna as iconic. Alongside the trophies and medals, will be the memory of certain players and of last minute goals, but few will talk about Casemiro’s goal at Estadio Riazor.
The Brazilian international’s strike arguably sums up what Real Madrid are about at the moment; a tap in, following a 44-pass move involving all 11 players across 107 seconds. The passage of play is likely to be replayed for some time, and brought a smile to Zidane’s face as he watched on from the sidelines.
Observers of the goal, and Real’s performance, will have noted how it illustrated the end of the road for a philosophy that began just over eighteen months ago, but also the start of a new path, and era, for the team.
Real’s four opening games of the season have demonstrated exactly what this season will be about, with four midfielders playing maturely, retaining possession before striking with attacking venom. Against Deportivo, Madrid enjoyed 68.44 percent of possession, made 648 successful passes with a pass success rate of 88.12% during the game. All three goals on the night were also scored by a one touch finish, with Karim Benzema claiming the assist for Gareth Bale’s opener.
Overall they attempted 823 passes, at a rate of more than nine per minute, and although it was not the most inspiring match at times, with Deportivo enjoying few goal scoring chances, the growing feeling of recent Madrid dominance remained.
This aura is potentially one of the strongest aspects of Zidane’s legacy, inspiring an inferiority complex within opposition sides, allowing his team to dominate the ball.
The Casemiro goal will not live long in the memory as a hallmark of Zidane’s Madrid, but it is exactly that, the exemplification of The Real Madrid of Zidane.