Real Madrid The coach must solve many deficiencies to escape the crisis
Toni Kroos pointed in BRAND hoping that Zidane would find the solution to them Last evils of Madrid after the hard defeat in Mestalla without forgetting the calamitous arbitration. The German says it, aware that his technician has already emerged successfully from other difficult situations. Now he has, however, many issues to resolve and these are the most urgent:
The central will not be available for the next matches . They are certainly Militao, who is already negative but has not been in group dynamics for 20 days, and Varane, limping from the blow to the shoulder, the coach has to improvise a rear. The good news is that he gets Carvajal and Nacho back. Defense of circumstances, in any case, which also implies the dismissal of Ramos.
There are not many players of his profile and Zidane knows it. After a bump last season, he had become a fixture at the big events, leaving Modric sitting on the bench. There are no back and forth players. The closest thing is Odegaard and the coach needs the Norwegian to give more energy to that midfield. The Norwegian is ready to return.
The staff, through Carvajal, has come to his defense. Zidane has not managed to get these two players into the rotation dynamic without being accused by the team. Either they have not wanted or the coach has not been able to convey the message to them. The truth is that they play a secondary role and do not seem plugged when it comes to two footballers who on more than one occasion took their coach out of trouble.
Madrid is no longer the defensive wall that made him league champion. And it is not a goalkeeper problem because Courtois maintains the great level of last season. However, the team concedes goals with ease. Four from Valencia, although three from penalties, but two from Inter, two from Monchengladbach, three from Shakhtar. It has not left its door to zero since last October 3 against Levante.
Madrid cemented their league title largely thanks to their triumphs at home. It was all victories but this season Cdiz and Shakhtar have already taken all three points. They beat Valladolid by the minimum (1-0) and against Huesca it was the only comfortable result (4-1).
Karim seems to be arriving at the meeting against Villarreal. He suffered a slight muscle injury at Mestalle but has regained good speed and has scored five goals in the last four games: two against Huesca, one against Valencia, and another against Inter and Gladbach. However, there are still no more forwards to score more goals. Vincius started well and scored three targets, but it has faded and is not even so indisputable with the arrival of Hazard. Valverde, injured, is also with three goals and the other scorer is still Ramos, also with three. Mariano played his first minutes against Valencia, but does not enter into the French's plans normally, and Jovic still does not appear.
The truth is that the Belgian was showing very hopeful signs of recovery until his recovery was known. positive for covid. It is already very difficult for him to return to Villarreal on Saturday. Everyone agrees that the former Chelsea player gives the team a leap in quality if he is fit and Zidane is still waiting for him. Trust him and he has proposed to change the negative trend that has dragged on since he signed for Madrid. It could be the best complement for Benzema as they understand each other perfectly.
Zidane crashes every time he makes many changes in the eleven. It is not just a problem for Isco and Marcelo. The best Rodrygo does not appear, nor the best Asensio, although there are symptoms of recovery, the Vincius effect has faded. Zidane's Real Madrid double came thanks to the two teams that the coach managed to train and that respond in the same way. James and Morata were the maximum representation of that second line and nobody has taken the witness like them.
It is key because he has shown his level at Real Madrid but he has doubts since his double failure in the game against City. His time in France has given him morale, despite his blow against Sweden, but leaving very good feelings against two attackers like Cristiano and Joao Felix against Portugal, leaving the door to zero. If there is someone who trusts him and knows him well, it is the one who brought him to Madrid at the age of 18, Zidane. His own goal against Valencia has delved into the wound. Deschamps has already come to his defense and Madrid needs him to regain defensive strength.