From glamor to hiding

Madrid have had to forget about the lucrative tours and Zidane, about the 'Champions preseason'. The first rehearsal, before Rayo and without television ...


EI coronavirus has made the summer of Real Madrid unrecognizable. Especially his preseason, which has gone from having the traditional glamorous touch of the summer world tour (the white team stepped on China, Australia, Canada and the United States in the last five years) to having to prepare under cover in Valdebebas. A stage to prepare the start of the 2020-21 campaign that has its first rehearsal this Wednesday against Rayo Vallecano ... and it will not even be able to be seen on television.The pandemic has generated a huge contrast with the usual preparation that Zidane and his right hand in the physical, Grégory Dupont, designs. As an example, in their three previous preseason, the first white friendly was in the US and against PSG (1-3, in 2016), Manchester United (1-1, 2017) and last year against which in the end It would be the European champion, Bayern (1-3). All in NFL stadiums and surrounded by the paraphernalia and glamor that the International Champions Cup tries to put together every summer to become the Champions of the summer, even if they are games without official character. Zidane has been able to gauge in recent years his previous projects against Mourinho's United, Guardiola's City, the Miami Clásico in 2017 and even the painful 3-7 in New Jersey last summer in the derby against Atlético.

In contrast, tomorrow's game against Rayo in Valdebebas is not even friendly. Madrid considers it "training." For this reason, as this newspaper learned, it will not be broadcast on television, not even on RealMadridTV, the official channel of the white club. It is also not expected, although it is not yet confirmed, that the other preparation match of Zizou and his pupils, on Tuesday 15th against Getafe, can be broadcast again in the Madrid sports city. An almost clandestine stage ... 444 444

Also much more austere. Madrid does not leave the Valdebebas residence when in other years it was common to see them mingle with movie and sports stars during their stays at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. The upheaval for the entity of Chamartín is not only for the purposes of sports preparation, but also for the image of the world brand, one of the spurs to plan summer tours. A full-blown economic setback.

Losses. Because to the nearly 180 million euros that Madrid expects to lose due to the coronavirus (especially due to the reduction in box office revenues, season tickets ...) it must be added that this year the check for the International Champions Cup will not arrive Madrid was going to earn about 17 million euros this summer for their friendlies in the United States. Madrid is in the group of clubs with the most cache (along with Barcelona and Bayern) with close to € 4M per gig in this tournament, but that amount was going to multiply with the Clásico that was to be played against Barcelona in Las Vegas (also negotiated with Los Angeles) last August, the second confrontation between Madridistas and Catalans in the country of the stars and stripes.

An economic hole for Madrid, which is precisely dedicating its strategy to park the signings (the only new faces have been Odegaard and the return of Odriozola) and focus its efforts on Operation Exit to free up a salary mass by taking away the salaries of players with the that Zidane does not count as James, Bale and Mariano.

An atypical preparation ...

The Marseillais will have to shoot those who are in his prayers in an express way. In previous summers he took advantage of the first official titles (the Spanish and European Super Cups) as a touchstone and last year, with none in dispute for Madrid, seven high-octane friendlies were arranged (Bayern, Arsenal, Atlético, Tottenham, Fenerbahçe , Haaland's Red Bull Salzburg and Roma) spread over 22 days. Now Zizou will only have two trials and having suffered the loss of ten internationals during the past week.

The icing on the cake to such an atypical preseason will be the training match against Getafe on the 15th. Madridistas and azulones will still be filing the last details when the rest of the League (except for them, Barça, Atlético and Sevilla) will have already played the first working day. If Madrid was able to take over the Coronavirus League, as Ramos baptized it, now it is Zidane's turn to squeeze out a preseason marked by the pandemic.

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