Zinedine Zidane emerged victorious in his 100th game in charge of Real Madrid on Saturday as they beat Getafe 2-1.
Zidane has cemented his status as a Madrid legend, following his glittering playing career with a coaching tenure that has seen him guide the club to successive Champions League titles, the first time that feat has been achieved in the tournament’s current format, as well as LaLiga and FIFA Club World Cup glory last season.
But how do his first 100 games stack up against those of predecessors Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti? We investigate with the help of Opta data.
Games won: Zidane 75, Ancelotti 78, Mourinho 77
Despite the incredible success in his tenure so far, Zidane actually has the worst winning record of the three. It is Ancelotti, who ended Madrid’s wait for La Decima, that holds the edge.
Games drawn: Zidane 17, Ancelotti 10, Mourinho 13
It is the Frenchman whose spell in charge has seen the most stalemates, with two of those coming in LaLiga this campaign as Madrid have made a stuttering start to their title defence.
Games Lost: Zidane 8, Ancelotti 12, Mourinho 10
There is no doubt that Madrid have become harder to beat under Zidane and that is reflected by his record. His tally of defeat has yet to reach double figures and a surprise 1-0 loss to Real Betis last month was their first in 13 games.
Zidane has reached 100 matches as #RealMadrid coach!
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— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 14, 2017
Goals scored: Zidane 273, Ancelotti 272, Mourinho 274
There is little to separate any of the trio in terms of goals there team scored in the first 100 games. When you have Cristiano Ronaldo at your disposal, goals are never going to be difficult to come by, but it may be something of a surprise that Mourinho – viewed by many as more defensively minded – has the edge in this regard.
Goals conceded: Zidane 101, Ancelotti 80, Mourinho 81
Perhaps it should be no shock that a man raised in the country that developed Catenaccio has the best defensive record of three. Ancelotti’s Madrid also kept the most clean sheets (49), with Mourinho second (48) and Zidane well adrift in third (29).
Titles: Zidane 7, Ancelotti 4, Mourinho 3
The statistic that trumps all others. Despite his Madrid side being less defensively sound than those of Ancelotti and Mourinho, they have become an all-conquering force in LaLiga and in Europe. Ancelotti will always be fondly remembered for delivering a long-awaited 10th Champions League crown. Mourinho briefly interrupted Barca’s stranglehold on LaLiga, but his reign will likely be looked back on as a disappointment due to failures in continental competition.
100 – Zinédine Zidane has reached in this MD 100 games for Real Madrid in all competitions. Teaching. pic.twitter.com/pPByM2EqYT
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 14, 2017