Real Madrid are currently in excellent form with six wins in a row, but just a few weeks ago the club was in crisis and on the verge of Champions League elimination. At that moment, in between the Shakhtar Donetsk loss in Ukraine and the LaLiga Santander win at Sevilla, the leaders in the squad held a meeting with coach Zinedine Zidane.
That leadership group is made up of the likes of Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Casemiro. Toni Kroos now also forms part of this group, with the German’s longevity, experience and attitude making him a role model in the squad.
The veterans believed that there was a need to decide on one formation and one pool of players for the line-ups for the next few matches. Rotations could come later, they argued.
As it was reported earlier in the season, some players in the squad hadn’t been happy with some of Zidane‘s team selection choices.
They wanted to form one solid unit to get through the rough run of games and they managed to do so, starting from that Sevilla match. That was a key moment and club president Florentino Perez made the trip to the Andalusian capital too and spoke with the players there.
Since then, Zidane has barely rotated. He has only changed his line-up if there has been a suspension, an injury or, in the case of Vinicius last week, a bout of sickness. He also made changes to bring starters back into the fold after they’d overcome injury issues.
This policy has worked and the squad’s leaders will surely be content with how things are going. That includes Kroos, who now forms part of this veteran Real Madrid brain trust.
When Los Blancos return from the Christmas holidays, they’ll hope to keep the good form up away at Elche.