Sport Zidane, Hazard and schedule: why is it stuck at Real Madrid?

17:15  02 november  2020
17:15  02 november  2020 Source:   sport24.lefigaro.fr

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Karim Benzema porte encore les espoirs du Real Madrid en Ligue des champions. © AI / Reuters / Panoramic Karim Benzema still carries Real Madrid's hopes in the Champions League.

This is the team that surprises the most at the start of the 2020-21 Champions League, but not in a good way. Real Madrid, crowned Spanish champion this summer, was surprised when they entered at home, by a very reshaped Shakhtar Donetsk team (2-3). The Ukrainians are however considered the weakest team in group B, and Real understood why by clashing with the fierce Borussia Mönchengladbach last Wednesday (2-2). Led 2-0, the Merengues got back together with a last-minute goal from Casemiro . But what is wrong with Real Madrid?

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Zidane less and less inspired

He himself held himself responsible for the inaugural defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk. "I did not see the team as I wanted, and when you do not see the team as you wanted, it's your fault," said Zinédine Zidane after the meeting. The Madrid coach had calmed the game on his future by winning La Liga against FC Barcelona last summer. But his paw on the game of his team is not obvious. "They are champions and that bothers me," Zidane added on his players. I am responsible and I have to look for solutions. They are on the ground and need solutions. ” The former glory of Real and the France team can at least count on his aura in the locker room. This is how the executives, who still trust Zidane (Ramos, Modric, Benzema), are pushing to snatch valuable results, like the victory for Barça in the Clasico (3-1) . When this exceptional context vanishes, Zidane seems to lose his superpowers. But it is certainly not all his fault.

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  Zidane, Hazard et calendrier : pourquoi ça coince au Real Madrid ? The injured in shambles ...

"Les changes in the eleven? Yes, it is due to the accumulation of matches, because we have a match every three days ”, noted Zidane after the setback against Shakhtar. As for many clubs, the upheaval in the calendar due to the health crisis and the absence of a real off-season are leaving traces on the organizations. Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho, Martin Odegaard, Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos were injured this season. Dani Carvajal, hit with a ligament in the right knee in early October, will not return until December. Éder Militão has just tested positive for Covid-19 . Real must juggle these absences and this frantic pace of matches every three days, which will last until the end of 2020.

… and Eden Hazard at the top of the line

It was THE transfer summer 2019. Real Madrid broke the piggy bank with nearly € 115 million for Eden Hazard, at the top of his game at Chelsea. Yes, but here it is: the Belgian (29 years old) only played 22 matches last season, the fault of overweight during the recovery and then of physical glitches which still pursued him in October 2020. For his second match of the season and his first start in last Saturday against Huesca (4-1) , Hazard may have finally launched his career at Real with a superb goal from the left at 20 meters. A match at the end of which, according to Zidane, he “did not feel any discomfort with his right ankle”, for which he was operated on last March. The former Lille is coming out of "the worst season" of his career, himself recognized at the microphone of France Info last July . A Hazard in form is a new major asset in Real's round.

Zinedine Zidane can finally unleash Asensio, Benzema and Hazard

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It's cracking in C1, not in Liga

Seeing the Merengues in such difficulty in a competition that they have won 13 times, including three times in a row with Zidane between 2016 and 2018, can be shocking. However, in the league, if it is not flamboyant in the game, there is no fire in the lake. Real Madrid have 5 wins in 7 days, and can take the lead ahead of Real Sociedad by winning their late game against Getafe. Barça is also developing a side of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, with two great victories in the Champions League but a gloomy 12th place in La Liga. The real face of these teams must therefore be qualified. The truth is inevitable: Real are last in Group B before a double confrontation with Inter Milan, who also missed their European start. Both camps are playing big this Tuesday at the Santiago Bernabeu (9 p.m.), before the second leg at Giuseppe Meazza on November 25.

Hazard in good spirits despite another setback at Madrid - Zidane .
Real Madrid are yet to see the best of Eden Hazard, who Zinedine Zidane is sure will not get too down after testing positive for COVID-19.Madrid announced on Saturday that Hazard and Casemiro had returned a positive result for COVID-19, ruling them out of the meeting with Valencia at Mestalla on Sunday.

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