The calendar reactivates the 'Plan B'

Zidane will dose its staff before the demanding last week of the year, in which Valencia, Barça and Athletic are waiting. Casemiro must avoid the fifth yellow against the Classic.


Madrid's schedule and the qualification for the round of 16 Champions open a new opportunity for the less usual. Another window for the Second Unit of Zidane. After today's match in Mendizorroza, whites will have a week off until they receive Espanyol. Then, with the team classified as second in the group with no options of aspiring to the first place, a Champions match against the inconsequential Bruges (in sports, because economically the victory reports about three million euros); and finally, a goodbye from Aúpa to 2019: Valencia, the Classic and Athletic.

The closeness of the duel against Barça introduces another component favorable to Plan B due to the need also to protect Casemiro. The Brazilian, who has only missed 60 minutes this course, is alert and can either strategically force the fifth yellow or be reserved by Zidane against Valencia so that this setback is not given. With Mariano unpublished and Lucas Vázquez, James and Asensio injured, nine players can have their moment before the Christmas break.

Mendy (588 ')

The side competed with Marcelo in a fairly even pulse in which both titles alternated. But the presence of the Brazilian against the PSG marks the status in favor of 12.

Vinicius (448 ')

The game at Son Moix, where he left the game, marked a before and after for the Rio de Janeiro. He played 39.8% of the minutes until that game. Afterwards, he has dropped from four of the last seven calls and has only played 54 minutes (8.7% of possible) .

Rodrygo (445 ')

The reverse case of his compatriot. Of just adding 4.3% of the minutes to start in five of the last seven games. The loss of Bale between the last two stoppages of selections served to vindicate and highlight the debate on its ownership.

Odriozola (344 ')

does not convince Zidane. Contrary to what happens on the left side, the technician is clear on the right. The Donostiarra had not entered any list, until today in Vitoria, since his red in Mallorca.

Jovic (319 ')

He has intervened in eleven games, but in most of them (eight) coming out as a substitute, hence his meager harvest of minutes. Benzema, undisputed in his best version, closes his step.

Isco (314 ')

The Malaga was Zidane's surprise against PSG, because before that game he only had more minutes than Brahim and the unpublished Mariano. With the configuration of the template, the 4-3-3 complicates your entry into the team. With the 4-4-2 that Zidane arranged before the Parisians he has more options.

Militao (300 ')

He played the games against Osasuna and Mallorca (two duels of Plan B) and another 120 minutes out of necessity. The 90 of the first game against the PSG for the absence of the sanctioned Ramos and half an hour in the previous meeting against Levante to catch shooting next to Varane facing the duel of the Park of the Princes.

Areola (225 ')

The French goal has played two and a half games. Started against Osasuna, on the great night of Unit B so far and then the stomach problems Courtois suffered against Bruges gave him 45 minutes against the Belgians and the entire game against Granada.

Nacho (225 ')

The youth squad, multipurpose in defense (has played his three games of this course as left back), hastens the recovery of the injury he suffered in the match against Bruges (October 1). This week he has already trained with the group.

Brahim (18 ')

One of the victims of overpopulation of troops in attack. He has only been summoned in two games, visits to Mallorca and Eibar, and although he played in both, he only did nine minutes on each occasion.



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