Mariano arrives rusty

The forward, who will play in Valladolid due to Benzema's loss, has only played 466 minutes with Madrid in the last season and a half (two goals).


Without Benzema the responsibility for the goal falls on Mariano. The Frenchman, who will not be able to be in Valladolid due to some discomfort in the left adductor, has fulfilled in the last two and a half years the task of assuming part of the goals that Cristiano Ronaldo contributed. More than 30% of Madrid's goals since the Portuguese left have been marked by Karim. But his loss brings out a problem: the contribution of the supporting actors in point. Jovic left on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt a month ago and Mariano has only scored two goals in the last two seasons (the one that closed the Clásico a year ago and that of Villarreal in November) .

The Hispanic-Dominican will be in charge of assuming the task of the 9 in Valladolid, a place where last season Madrid won (0-1) with a goal from a defense: Nacho. It is the second great opportunity of the season (he had another four games with Benzema injured in November) for Mariano and he arrives without filming. Cup apart, he has not played more than a quarter of an hour since November 28 in the defeat (1-2) against Alavés.

So far in 2021 he has barely added 116 minutes, which remain at 49 if the match against Alcoyano is excluded from the calculation. In total there are 376 minutes that he has been this season and only one goal: the brilliant goal that opened the scoring at 105 seconds and was a point in the visit to Villarreal. He has not seen the door again in the 360 minutes played since then.

His participation in the team since he returned in the summer of 2018 to avoid his signing for Sevilla has been residual: 1,066 minutes spread over 38 games, of which only eight were as a starter, according to SofaScore data. There are 13 white footballers who have played more so far this season than Mariano in the last two and a half years. The last time he played regularly was in the Lopetegui stage. Although he only started three games, he participated in 11 games under the Asteasu manager. Later he was not able to win the trust of Solari or Zidane, who in 2019 requested the signing of Jovic. A reinforcement that relegated Mariano to the role of third forward of the team, but despite which he preferred to stay and wait for his opportunity with the white jersey. With Jovic off stage, it is Mariano's turn.

Benzema's latest absence: one win, one draw and two losses

Madrid went through one of the worst streaks of the season coinciding with Benzema's previous injury. They drew at Villarreal (1-1, with a goal from Mariano), beat Inter (0-2) and then lost against Alavés (1-2) and Shakhtar (2-0). Of those four scorers, two are now unavailable for Zidane: Hazard and Rodrygo, who scored the winning goals in Milan. In addition to Mariano, there will also be Casemiro, author of the inconsequential both against the babazorros.

The Brazilian is, with five goals, Madrid's second top scorer this season. Modric follows with four. Vinicius has three (Pizjuán's goal was awarded to Bono at his own door). They also have three goals each three footballers who are not available for Zidane: Ramos, Valverde and Hazard.

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