With fifteen players you can not win a League . Everything was very nice while it lasted. But Zidane knew perfectly, because he has already suffered in previous stages, that he could not win all the games with fifteen footballers and a group of regular starters who live in their thirties, such as Ramos, Kroos, Modric and Benzema .
Six consecutive victories saved the club from the crisis and the coach from the guillotine, but it was impossible for that streak to be sustained over time with men playing a league final every 72 hours with the sole objective of winning. They are not machines and less when they accumulate a decade of football at the highest level of demand.
The disaster that the coach endured when his rotations sunk him against Cádiz, Alavés and twice against Shakhtar made him radically change his philosophy and bet on the consecrated in order to overcome a serious problem of results that threatened to throw him out of office . The reaction of his pupils was very positive. However, Zidane has not known how to graduate his permanent starters, because men like Valverde, Nacho and Vinicius helped decisively in that series of triumphs (the Brazilian decided at Sánchez Pizjuán and Nacho against Inter) and then they have not enjoyed the prominence that they deserve and have earned. All three should play more.
Too long without playing
The worst thing is that Zizou has not reintegrated men like Martin Odegaard , Mariano, Jovic and Militao into his scheme . The Norwegian started as a starter in the first two days of the League and now has seven games without competing. He was injured, yes, but he has accumulated four games suitable to play and has not had a minute.
Mariano has also been the victim of physical problems. However, he scored at Villarreal in the absence of Benzema, he has been high for several days and has not jumped onto the pitch in the last seven games. His partner Jovic has not appeared for eleven games. And Militao has not been on the field since October. Seventeen times discarded . All have been left out of the coach’s strategy. In the end they will be necessary. Your boss knows.
Separate cases are Isco and Marcelo, important footballers until two years ago to whom he gives minutes in a discontinuous way in an attempt to recover their old essences. It will not be easy for them, as we saw in Elche with the Brazilian.
Hazard, the pending challenge
The fact of the matter is that the coach does not have all these substitutes because they did not perform when he made rotations to build his confidence and because they have not worked in training either.
For the head of Real Madrid sports, it is essential to demonstrate the best performance in the daily work sessions and several of those men who live in the substitution do not provide what is necessary to unseat the starters.
It is a problem for the French. He would like to have more competition to choose from in his rosters, to have a headache to discard, as he said years ago, and he really does not have that dilemma today. He only has it from a personal, human point of view, because leaving a dozen men without playing constantly, almost always the same ones, is hard. It is the most expensive price of your work. That’s what they pay you for. The rant is that they don’t give you enough to change.
The other pending issue is Hazard , who reappeared at Martínez Valero with the hope of achieving continuity and providing the club with the quality that his signing forged.
Zizou assumes that he needs to vary his eleven to last the entire season with title options. Fifteen is not enough. What you really need is that the reserves change the chip.