Arribas convinces Zidane

The Castilla midfielder has already played in three Real Madrid games and beat Isco against Levante. Versatile, he can play in the middle or in the attacking trident.

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From the general disaster of Real Madrid against Levante last Sunday, with defeat at Di Stéfano and virtual farewell to the options of fighting LaLiga, at least one reason for hope emerged, the one that the youth players always provide: Zidane seems convinced by the talent of Sergio Arribas, Castilla midfielder. Arribas entered the 82nd minute, replacing Asensio, within Zizou's plan (confined to his home after testing positive for coronavirus, but in constant contact during matches with his second, David Bettoni) to seek the comeback or at least the tie after Roger Martí's 1-2, with which the Granotas turned the score around and left Asensio's initial goal in the first half.

A shocking decision by Zidane and Bettoni, who spent only three of the five available changes and who chose the young three-quarter player from Madrid ahead of other names of greater weight. Isco was the main victim of the decision: the Malaga player and Arribas share a style of play (short stature, good driving, short dribbling ...) and probably also position. Both can play both in the medullary line and in the attacking trident, Arribas preferring the right wing to launch diagonals and thus take advantage of his great left foot. The decision of the coaching staff last Saturday is an endorsement of the work of the castillista and an important warning for Isco, who asked to leave this winter (the club and Zidane did not allow it) and whose role is decreasing day by day.

Zidane's taste for Arribas is not new: it is the third game he has played with Real Madrid this year. He already played in Anoeta, on the first day of the League (one minute and the extension), against Borussia in the Champions League (16 ') and against Levante (8'). He was also on the bench during Shakhtar's visit to Valdebebas and during Madrid's trip to Seville. At only 19 years old (it is his first year at Castilla, last year he played in the Juvenile), he is accumulating presences with the elders and the special situation of the squad at this time (after Odegaard's departure, there are only five means left) It can lead to much more being seen at the first level, especially if Madrid is still off the hook in the fight for the League and can allow tests for next season.

Born in Madrid in September 2001, Arribas packs one of La Fábrica's best talents in just 173 centimeters. After taking his first steps at Pérez Galdós and in the Leganés quarry, he entered the White House as a youngster in 2012. In November 2017, Zidane already incorporated him to a first team training at only 16 years old, a sign that his qualities never passed under the radar of the Marseille coach.

Youth League Champion

Last season he was the top scorer in Group 5 of the Youth Honor Division, with 16 goals, five more than the team's 'nine', Latasa; both led Madrid to the title, awarded after 25 days after the interruption by the pandemic and with a four-point margin over Atleti. In August, he was a key element in the triumph of Juvenil blanco (already with Raúl at the helm) in the Youth League: a goal against Juventus in the round of 16, three assists against Inter in the quarterfinals and another in the final, against Benfica.

Automatically he went up to Castilla, where this course is essential for Raúl (he has played 76% of the minutes, and he lost a duel by calling with the majors); On December 13 he rose to the top at Cerro del Espino, against Atleti B: assisting his teammate Gila and a goal from eleven meters in the 95th minute to give Raúl's three points. An excellent free kick taker and left over from the front line, Zidane has already had his eye on him and acts accordingly.



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