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Zidane defended at a press conference his commitment to Martin Odegaard in the league debut against the Real society. The French coach once again surprised everyone by aligning the midfielder in the first starting eleven of the 2020/2021 season, leaving on the bench to Casemiro and Faith Valverde.
“Happy for his debut. He has no discomfort or anything in his knee. This is the most important thing. It is the first game, we have had three weeks to enter La Liga and a friendly match. This is going little by little, we are going to better and we have to be calm … with Martin and with everyone. We have missed a goal, but that is being worked on. We have to overcome. We have to continue working, “said Zinedine Zidane, thus asking for tranquility for the Norwegian before the media .
And it is that Zidane knows perfectly the pressure that exists around Real Madrid and also knows everything that the midfielder can contribute to the team. Expectations for Norwegian are very high. Last season he was the best footballer of Real Sociedad, along with Oyarzabal, and also one of the most prominent in the entire domestic championship.
That’s why I really wanted to see him in action and the truth is that he leaked a pass to Karim Benzema that could well have ended up being the winning goal for Real Madrid. This role is one of the most interesting that the Nordic presents. From his advanced position in the midfield and thanks to a spectacular vision of the game, Odegaard can become Benzema’s ‘new best friend’.
The French striker needs someone to give him those final passes so that he doesn’t have to go down to receive and finish the area without a reference as happened in some bars of the game against the white-blue. This can be a point in favor that declines the balance in their favor in the many games that the merengue team has ahead this course.
The competition is very expensive in Zidane’s midfield this season. Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Fede Valverde, Isco… Achieving a place in the starting eleven is not going to be an easy task, but Odegaard has shown in recent years and, above all, after passing through Real Sociedad that he has enough quality to succeed wearing the white elastic.
The player himself knows the demands of the Concha Espina club and that is why after the game he was happy to play for Real Madrid, but also disappointed for not having achieved the three points. I’m not very happy with the result, but I’m happy for playing with Real Madrid, “said the player on the field at the end of the match.
The midfielder also revealed what Zizou had asked him before the game: “Zidane asks me to appear between the lines, to generate spaces and goals, he asks me to attack.” “It’s always difficult at the beginning, but I play with incredible players and that makes it easier,” said an Odegaard prepared to succeed in the team he bet on when he was only 16 years old and the greats of all Europe they yearned for him.
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