After losing this weekend against Alaves, Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, their coach, are experiencing a difficult start to the season. On top of that, many injuries are to be noted.
It’s been a tough week and a rollercoaster ride for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid fans. Before travelling to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donestk, the Merengues won last week in the Champions League against the other big side of the group, Inter Milan. But this weekend, the Spanish capital club fell back into the doldrums.
They lost at home to Alavés because of a penalty and a terrible mistake by Thibaut Courtois, which benefited Joselu. But that’s not all. The French technician saw Eden Hazard, already undermined by injuries since his arrival at the Casa Blanca, come out before the half hour (28th) for pain.
That brings to 22 the number of injuries in the ZZ team since the beginning of the season. And not least of all! Of these 22 injuries, 17 players have been taken to the infirmary. In addition, Militão, Casemiro, Hazard and Jovic have all been affected by COVID. The defensive line is the most affected area of play in Real Madrid. Marca does the accounts.
The centre-forwards have accumulated almost three months of absence.
Zidane had fifty days without a right back, forcing himself to try Lucas Vazquez. Militao, Ramos and Nacho have 98 days of absence. In the middle, Federico Valverde and Martin Odegaard were expected. But these two elements add up to 44 days of absence. Kroos was also absent for a few weeks, while Casemiro was affected by the coronavirus, as mentioned above.
Finally, on the attacking side, Zidane decided to play Mariano Diaz again, but not by choice. Mariano was injured, Jovic is, as is Benzema. 86 days between the three of them. If the French centre forward is also in the calculation with Hazard (70 days) and Asensio (28 days), the trio has been absent for 120 days! That’s why Zidane may be struggling to install something this year…