Di Stéfano to the rescue

The Bernabéu myth of stage fright passed to a better life, unfortunately for Madrid and its faithful fans, quite a long time ago. Since the famous disappeared Hen house and the lower ring standing locations, the rivals have not felt as intimidated environmentally again. The proof is that this same season, Zidane's team has let out 33% of the points they have disputed. To be exact, the Bernabéu have flown 18 of the 54 possible points between the three competitions. In the League he has lost eight because of four unexpected draws against theoretically affordable rivals to have beaten them: Valladolid, Athletic, Betis and Celta. Paradoxically, it has defeated the great rivals at the top of the table (2-0 to Barça, 1-0 to Atleti, 2-0 to Seville and 3-1 to Real Sociedad).

In the Champions League, the benefits of the whites have not improved much when they have had to act as hosts. They added two identical draws (2-2) against the modest Bruges and against the millionaire PSG, and they could only assert the field factor against Galatasaray (6-0, with a hat-trick by Rodrygo). In the Cup it was worse. In a match played heads or tails (this season the qualifying rounds until the semifinals were a single game) Real eliminated the Whites with the four goals Areola conceded (3-4). The Bernabéu fell silent.

The Di Stéfano

That is why, within the entity and in the locker room they have started to make their cabal and some have already hinted that since it will be mandatory behind closed doors, maybe Di Stéfano has a balsamic effect and end that bad streak of Madrid at home. The calendar has wanted the return of LaLiga after the consummation of the de-escalation to allow the Zidane troops to play their first two games in Valdebebas, against Eibar (on the 14th at 7:30 p.m.) and against Valencia (on the 18th (22nd). : 00h.). In other words, if they make use of the field factor and add the six points, they would kill two birds with one stone: 1) On the one hand they would put pressure on Barça, who would be forced to win in Mallorca on the 13th and Leganés at the Camp Nou four days later if he wants to keep the lead. And 2) Two successes in a row would remove Zinedine's pupils from the fixation with the weakness suffered at home and more in a stadium where they will be very comfortable since they will walk from the rooms of the Residence that is very close to the facility. Some player has already joked in the locker room with laughter: “We will make Di Stéfano a fort!”

We must not forget that, as has been shown in the Bundesliga these weeks, playing without the heat of your audience weakens you and the statistics show it. But the players maintain that at Di Stéfano everyone will feel foreign, them and the visitors, as it is a new field that has never hosted first and top level matches. In any case, the club is studying formulas to make players feel as comfortable as possible at Di Stéfano, which we must not forget have the same dimensions as the Bernabéu (105×68).


After those two home games, Madrid will have a difficult start to Anoeta (but without an audience, yes), and then receive Mallorca from Kubo in Valdebebas. Later, he will play in a parakeet fief (matchday 32), he will receive Getafe at Di Stéfano, he will play in San Mamés on matchday 34, in the following he will receive Alavés, on the 36th he will play in Los Cármenes de Granada and will close his tour in the Di Stéfano against Villarreal. The last day will pay a visit to Leganés. Six exams at Di Stéfano in search of a League. The 34.