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The first Classic of the season, which will be played next Wednesday, December 18 in the Camp Nou, is loaded with political and social controversy, but in the purely sporting the Real Madrid know that your big concern is Leo Messi. The Argentine has a transcendental impact on the game of Barça and Zidane He knows he needs to find a formula for the striker to come into play.
When Messi does not go through his best moment, Barcelona suffers from him on the pitch. The Argentine is the one who supports the entire Barca team and when he does not have a good night the results suffer. This start of the dubious season of the Barça team coincided with the matches in which the '10' was absent due to physical problems. When the striker returned Barcelona began to chain the best games of the course, something that Zidane has not lost sight of for El Clasico.
The main mission of Zidane is to get a game plan in which Messi cannot function comfortably during the match. This would allow Real Madrid to have the baton of the match, gaining prominence with the ball and neutralizing the most powerful weapon of Ernesto Valverde.
In previous times this has been achieved by Real Madrid with markings for men with players like Pepe, Xabi Alonso or Sergio Ramos. It was usual to see coaches as Mourinho They were besieging the Argentine to avoid receiving the ball between the lines and having time to think.
Casemiro and Valverde, the antidote
This season one of the keys in this task will once again be the center of the field. The Real Madrid game proposal has its core in the core, where the most fit players reside in the team. In fact, Casemiro and Fede Valverde they will be key elements to ensure that Messi does not move easily.
The two midfielders are the key piece in the physical gear of the white team. The Brazilian lives his best season, being unquestionable for Zidane as the player with the most minutes behind him. In fact, he will have a lot of responsibility in putting up the Argentine next to Sergio Ramos and Varane.
For its part, Fede Valverde is the great novelty of Zidane for El Clásico. The charrúa has won the confidence of the technician and his physical deployment is being a key tool to support the team this season. It unfolds with ease as an interior, clothing Casemiro, cutting lines and without the ball burning him when he has to join the attack.
This is the great white discovery at this start of the League. It has come to be ahead of a heavyweight like Luka modric and its adaptation to the team's competition dynamics has been very accelerated. The trust offered by 'Zizou' has helped him to emerge.
(More information: Zidane's puzzle in the center of the field for The Classic)