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The Real Madrid He finished his 2019 competitions last Sunday December 22 with a draw (0-0) against Athletic Club in the Santiago Barnabasor. After the game the whites started the break of Christmas with several pending objectives to face the beginning of 2020 in optimal conditions.
The decisive part of the season will begin in just one week with the round of 16 of the Champions League, before him Manchester City, on the horizon. Before, the slope of January will test the resistance of the team to cut distance by the league leadership; not forgetting that the Spain Supercup before Valencia, Barça and Atlético de Madrid predicts high-flying matches.
Rest to Casemiro and the headlines
One of the main benefits that this will have break Christmas for Real Madrid will be the rest that your players will have. Although many of them have traveled to their homelands, some thousands of kilometers away, the wear and tear of the flights will compensate for the discharge they will have on their legs after a first round of maximum demand.
Barça, PSGAthletic and a constant irregularity in the first months of competition have meant extra fatigue for the players. Something that these days must forget to face the coming months with guarantees.
This week is a unique opportunity for Casemiro, the player most used by Zidane with 1,920 minutes behind him, can rest; all without the need to do without the Brazilian during a game in the position of defensive pivot, where he does not have a natural replacement in the squad.
The '14' is a vital piece for Zidane, something that has made the French coach has hardly given him rest. In fact, he was only absent in the games against Valencia and Athletic: one on the occasion of Classic of December 18 and another for sanction due to accumulation of yellow cards.
Hazard and Marcelo recovery
The Real Madrid infirmary is one of the biggest headaches that Zidane has had to deal with during the first round. Since Brahim opened the ban on US territory in preseason, almost all the staff has gone through the hand of the medical services of Real Madrid.
Courtois, Mendy, Marcelo, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Kroos, Valverde, Modric, Isco, Asensio, James, Rodrygo, Brahim, Hazard, Bale and Lucas Vázquez It has been the players who have suffered, at least one injury, so far this season.
Currently, Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Hazard and Marcelo are in the infirmary. Precisely, these last two cover one of the great priorities of Real Madrid for this break: recover them in the face of January 2020.
The 12 days that Madrid will go without competing must help Hazard and Marcelo finish recovering so they can return to work with the group. Both are in the final stretch of their rehabilitation processes and, predictably, will be available in early January.
Super Cup Preparation
The Spanish Super Cup is the first big event marked in red on the Real Madrid calendar. Whites face a competition with a completely new format, style Final Four, which gives the tournament more attraction for the interest of its achievement.
Whites play their first game against Valencia on January 8 and a possible final against Barcelona, which will be measured at Atlético de Madrid in the semifinals, is on the horizon. Zidane knows that after the good feelings left in the Camp Nou It has before it a unique opportunity to strengthen the good moment of the team with a title.
Mindset for the January slope
The beginning of the year is always complicated, with Christmas breaks that disconnect the team for almost two weeks; if not tell Real Madrid about Ancelotti (2015), which at this time stopped its historic run of consecutive victories set at 22 (two of the absolute record of the Coritiba).
Whites will have to face three league games in January: Getafe, Seville and Valladolid. Three clashes in which the objective will be to try to cut Barça points in the lead (currently two), since in February a very hard month will come with clashes before Atlético de Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona (March 1st).
It will be important that the team does not disconnect in the matches and prepare psychologically to play with the pressure and try to maintain the good game with which 2019 has ended.
Recover 'drive B'
The last, but not least, point on the road map of Real Madrid for 2020 revolves around 'unit B'. Zidane knows that the season is long and now the matches will come where the titles will really be played, so he needs a team with alternatives to deal with injuries, casualties, penalties and different needs of the game.
There are currently players like Jovic or Vinicius that must take a step forward to gain importance, but others like James, Odriozola, Militao or Lucas Vázquez they must work to try to have minutes, since they are missing from the team due to injuries or technical decisions.
In the 2016/2017 season, the last one that ended in a white double (Champions and League), Zidane's management of the squad was one of the great culprits of the team being able to stand firm, without depleting their legs and reaching the straight End of course in full conditions.
(More information: Zidane's 'Ligabuena': Madrid is better at Christmas break than last season)