Reflection week

Zidane will give the substitutes court against Alcoyano on Wednesday, so he will have more than a week to adjust pieces and correct mistakes with the starters.


Real Madrid faces a week in a certainly cloudy environment. The last games leave many doubts regarding performance, both individually and collectively. The possibility of lifting the first title of the season, the Spanish Super Cup, has been missed after a surprise defeat against Athletic Bilbao. In addition, Atlético de Madrid escapes in the league after the last setbacks, a competition in which they already have a four-point advantage, having played two fewer games. To this must be added the hubbub that is experienced in the offices, with the departure of Luka Jovic and the renovations of Luka Modric, Lucas Vázquez and Sergio Ramos in the air.

The next match will be on Wednesday, January 20 at 9:00 p.m. against Alcoyano for the Copa del Rey. The idea of Zinedine Zidane is to give the substitutes the opportunity to show off, who are having little prominence this season. This gives the coach margin, until next Saturday 23 when he will play against Alavés (9:00 p.m.) in the league, to adjust his pieces with all the starters. Several aspects must be corrected as well as it will be a good time to regain physical and mental tone for the decisive stretch of the season, which will arrive at the end of February with the return of the Champions League.

The main thing is to rescue the offensive rhythm. Attacking players' movements have been predictable, and a manifest inability to generate chances has been noted. To this must be added the lack of effectiveness. There are only four goals in the last four games, a really poor background considering that the four just before, in the best moment of the season, averaged 2.5 per game. It should be noted that this drop in attacking performance coincides with a small scoring slump by Karim Benzema, who has barely seen the door once in the aforementioned four games.

It will also be very important to adjust the defense. The injuries have caused Zidane to be forced to rotate too much on defense, and it has been noticed. Courtois has had to be enlarged to avoid worse results. There are five saves made in the last two games, including several very dangerous heads up. The recovery of Dani Carvajal is key to consolidate the last line. We will also have to closely monitor the evolution of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos, who left the match against Athletic with discomfort.

Finally, the team has shown signs of mental exhaustion. When things don't work out, footballers get desperate and make mistakes. This week should also serve to regain confidence in the project. The team is still alive in all three competitions and with a real chance of winning them, so this is no time to lose faith. Now, continuing on a losing streak now can doom you to not fight for anything later. We have to believe again

What is coming

In just a month and a half, Madrid will be in the Copa del Rey final. The first obstacle is Alcoyano in the round of 32 next Wednesday, but, if they overcome it, they will play the eighths a week later (January 27) and, if this round also passes, they would have seven more days to prepare for the first leg of the quarterfinals. (February 3rd). On February 10, the first leg of the semifinals would be played and, on March 3, the return. It is the only round that is played in two games.

Entre medias, LaLiga, although the most immediate matches are not, in theory, of excessive difficulty. As a local, he will receive Levante, Valencia and Getafe, and will visit Alavés, Huesca and Valladolid. Starting February 24, complicated weeks arrive. That day he will play against Atalanta the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League in Italy. Then he will receive Real Sociedad and, a few days later, he will play the second leg of the Cup. After that match, he will visit Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in a key duel in the fight for the league title.

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