In football not all matches are equal . And in Real Madrid, even more. A League match against Leganes is far from the value and importance, and more so with the tournament lost months ago, than the return of the Champions League semifinals against Bayern, the most important game of the season and waiting if that qualifier ends up getting the final of Champions in Kiev.
Zidane understood the maximum this difference and did not risk in the game against Leganes this Saturday in which Madrid came out with the 'puppies': youth players, young players, all of them substitutes throughout this year. He won, not without troubles, that was the important thing. Of those who can start from home against Bayern on Tuesday, only Casemiro was a starter . The Brazilian did it in the center of defense, something that will not be repeated, in the words of the French coach.
Gareth Bale and Benzema started, but their matches, especially Karim's, do not encourage them to think that this match has helped to regain the position in the eleven they have lost in recent times. The other key pieces did not play a single minute in the case of Keylor Navas, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Cristiano and Lucas Vázquez. Asensio and Kroos came out in the second half. Carvajal and Isco are injured.
“We have to play a huge game against Bayern, as we have never been this season” Zinedine Zidane told a news conference. The Frenchman repeated that idea several times, since he also appealed to the Bernabéu in the same line: “He must be like never before”. Zizou in fact, started preparing for the game against Bayern as soon as the first leg in Munich was over. And in his message that idea was confirmed.
The eleven already advanced that Zidane had abandoned that feeling of giving importance to the most immediate party. There is no doubt that the Leganés, not for the rival but for the situation, was an inconsequential duel. Although this year Real Madrid lost the League for many days, Zidane never made it as clear as this Saturday that he focused on the next game . For example, between the first leg and the return of quarters against Juventus, he drew his starting line-up in the league match. It is true that the duel was the derby against Atlético, but also after Málaga again used several starters. The same happened in the previous round of the knockout round against PSG, against Getafe at the Bernabéu.
Like last year, the physical management of Zidane (through Pintus, physical trainer , French confidence man), has been impeccable and is one of the keys to the success of this team . From less to more, what any team expects. The only difference with last year is that Madrid came to April / May with the option of winning two titles, both achieved, and this time only one, since the physical downturn, among other things, made the whites lose points. Liga.
At this point of the season, and with a World Cup a month and a half from its start, the Real Madrid players are ready for the big battle on Tuesday. Carvajal and Isco have suffered injuries that have nothing to do with the preparation of the course, although they are decisive for this last section of the course. Cristiano, for example, has renounced the Pichichi and Golden Shoe for another year and Zidane has controlled his 'desire' to play, as well as the rest of his teammates.
The Real Madrid coach, on the verge of making history, reserved his heavyweights, did not worry too much (in sports terms) in the result against Leganes and left everything for the Champions . And it was logical, since what is played on Tuesday Madrid is a whole season. If you qualify for the Champions League final, the course will be between good and very good; if he wins the Thirteenth, it will be excellent; but if he loses this Tuesday, the season will be enough. The risk is real.