The victory against Deportivo Alavés extended under Zidane an interesting if a little arbitrary, record. Under the boss, Real Madrid had never lost three matches in a row. In addition to the recent cup eliminations, this is a slight consolation compared to the alarming distance between the team and Atletico Madrid, but it also helps to improve a degree of continuity (results-wise) under the new coach.
The manager was involved behind the scenes, despite not being physical with the squad, as conveyed by his right-hand man, David Bettoni, and as could be seen on the bench.
The match against Alavés marked the 238th official competitive match that Zidane was the first team manager to oversee. The team registered 34 losses (or 14 percent) during that period and never did so more than twice consecutively.
The two other managers who have coached Los Blancos since Zidane took over have each supervised three defeats in a row to illustrate how remarkable this is to a degree. This included consecutive defeats under Julen Lopetegui in October 2018 and under Santiago Solari in February and March 2019.
In maintaining the trust of Florentino Perez and the board in the squad and the coach after subsequent exits in the Super Cup and Copa del Rey, the Alavés victory was without a doubt crucial.
The manager was publicly embraced by Emilio Butragueño and reaffirmed how much the club supports him. Although the experience has shown that these kinds of comments at the decision-making level do not always correspond with actual thought, they are still words that Zidane and his staff would welcome.
The club can only hope that this is the beginning and further continuity of a positive run.