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The first round is over in the Real Madrid and valuations are the order of the day. Whites are two points behind the league lead and qualified for a round of 16 in the Champions League in which they will be measured at Manchester City, although after the Christmas break comes the decisive part of the season, where the titles are played.
Zidane has managed to redirect the direction of a very irregular team until the defeat in Majorca and in the process some players have left the 'unit B' with its remarkable performance, although others have ended up stalled without enjoying prominence in the Madrid resurrection.
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One of the players who started the season with a supporting role, and who has finished the year as the undisputed holder, is Fede Valverde. The Uruguayan has become an indispensable piece for Zidane at Real Madrid, significantly reducing heavyweight minutes such as Modric.
The midfielder even started in the first Classic of the season against Barcelona. Its importance in the game has been key in the resurrection of the team, since it provides physical work, arrival from the second line and recovery next to Casemiro Y Kroos. Up to 18 games have played 'El Pajarito' with Zidane in this first round, scoring two goals and providing two assists.
These numbers do not approach other illustrious of the 'unit B' as Isco, although Malaga has gained prominence by sensations. The '22' takes several weeks to its best level of the last two years, being an important piece in the 4-4-2 of Zidane as a link between the core and the front. In fact, before the PSG It was the most prominent.
Rodrygo is another example that opportunities can be seized to convince Zidane. The Brazilian has advanced all attackers on the right and holds the rank of 'almost incumbent'. His stellar performance before the Galatasaray, with three goals in the Santiago Bernabéu in Champions, he won the coach and monopolize the spotlights.
Although the former Santos has finished the year a little out of the covers for his performances, he still has the confidence of the French coach in the lead to add minutes and ownership.
Opportunities are those that have also taken advantage of Mendy during the leave due to Marcelo's injury this course. The Frenchman has demonstrated his potential and, although he has not become an undisputed holder, he is riding between the eleven gala and the bench. A job that earned him a start at El Clasico and have progressed in the 'plan b' of Zidane.
Stuck in 'unit B'
Above all, there are two players who have not known how to win a spot on the team unquestionably as other teammates, or at least get prominence with ownership. It is the case of Vinicius Y Jovic, which had the vitola of important alternatives in the workforce.
The Brazilian started La Liga with greater opportunities, although he finally failed to take advantage of them and ended up outside the Zidane calls to the detriment of others like Rodrygo. However, Vinicius has managed to end the year with good feelings, marking and with ownership such as the last clash against the Athletic.
Jovic's situation is different, since he has had less prominence before the good moment of Benzema. Zidane has flirted sometimes with a 4-4-2 with the two batters in attack, but it is not usual. The course began with some ownership and minutes from the bench, but everything was diluted. He has only added 27 minutes in the last seven games.
One of the players that was not expected to have minutes was Areola, which had some prominence when Courtois was low in a complicated mood. The French goal, newcomer to the team this summer as given in barter with Keylor and the PSG, is the alternative to Thibaut, but '13' has closed the year at its best, shielding the goal and fitting just three goals in the last eight games.
In this line appears Mariano Díaz, a classic of the 'unit B' of Real Madrid in recent years. The Hispanic-Dominican already knew that he did not count for Zidane in the team, but decided to remain at risk of not playing. So it has been: he is the only player who has not debuted this course with whites. Beside Brahim, which has played 40 minutes of more than 2,160 possible, are the two most separated.
A more exceptional case has been that of Álvaro Odriozola. The right-handed side was the alternative to Carvajal in defense, but the year has ended without a presence on the team and outside several calls. His image was badly damaged in the white defeat at Son Moix against Mallorca, where he was expelled. He has not played in the League since then and only played the duel against Bruges two weeks ago.
The fallen during the season
An example of what can happen, almost overnight, from ownership to the stands is James Rodriguez. The Colombian won in summer the opportunity to continue with Zidane and began the course as a starter, being one of the most prominent footballers of the team, along with Bale, but it ended up blurring.
The coffeemaker began to disappear from the title after a month and a half of competition and his two injuries in November have finished him away from the team. In fact, he has not played since the defeat in Mallorca in October.
In the same line is Lucas Vázquez, who started the year as an important man of the 'unit B' and who has finished him out of combat. His fracture in a left toe has been separated since mid-November and will not return until January.
In addition, the Galician had physical problems in the calves in October that separated him 11 days and has not played since last November 11, when he started before the Eibar in Ipurúa.
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