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He Real Madrid missed a golden opportunity to become a solo leader of The league. The white club stayed at zero against him Betis in a game he was in control of. Those of Zidane they went home with a bad taste, considering that Barcelona Y Athletic they had previously punctured, and taking stock of what failed on the grass. The lack of goal is obvious, but there was another differential factor in the center of the field.
Valverde's absence was noted. The Uruguayan did not play a single minute by a technical decision of Zidane. The French coach wanted to give him rest thinking about next Wednesday's game against him Galatasaray in Champions League. It has been a month full of matches for Fede, which played 347 minutes in total divided into six meetings with Real Madrid and the selection of Uruguay.
Two losses and four draws without him
His replacement was almost forced to face next week before the break, but Madrid paid dearly. This has been the case throughout the season, in which every absence of Valverde has become a problem for the white team. The balance of results with or without him in the starting lineup is devastating: four wins and only one draw starting at the start and three wins, four draws and two losses without him.
With Fede in the eleven, Real Madrid does not know what it is to lose a match. He only tied a clash and was the derby against Atlético in the Wanda Metropolitano. When Zidane has dispensed with him at the start, Madrid has missed nine points in the League and another five in the Champions group stage. Defeats against PSG Y Majorca, the only ones of the white season, were without the Uruguayan as a starter.
The data support Fede and Zidane's decision to make a place in the starting lineup. The big dates are for him, as he saw in the vital game against Galatasaray in Istanbul. It brings the security and balance that the white team lacked to have control of the games, in addition to being a great addition to the offensive game of Madrid. Its power and its verticality was what was most missed by Betis this Saturday.
Opportunity for Modric
Zidane also wanted to take advantage of the game so that Modric I would play a full game again. The Croatian played the 90 minutes although it went from more to less. Its start gave wings to Madrid, but with the passing of the minutes it went out at the rate that its gasoline was running out. Right now, the physicist of the '10' white has nothing to do with Valverde's, although his quality flashes continue to put his coach in trouble when choosing.
Everything indicates that Valverde will return to eleven and Santiago Bernabéu in the match against Galatasaray. Madrid is playing it and after winning in Istanbul, he wants to track his pass to the round of 16, which is why Zidane wanted to take a break from the 'Little Bird'. The fans shout at him and the team needs him. The importance of Valverde is more vital than ever and continues adding arguments to become fixed in the eleven.