Martin Odegaard, during a match with Real Madrid

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2020 has two games left for him Real Madrid. Two games I could not be in Luka Modric, who has been one of the indisputable protagonists of the good streak that the white team has been going through for two weeks. The club will carry out medical tests on Tuesday and if his injury is confirmed, it will open the doors to ownership to players such as Faith Valverde or Martin Odegaard while he recovers.

Modric has earned a break. Dismissed against Pomegranate, Zinedine Zidane I could continue without risking with him in the face of December 30, the date on which the year closes against him. Elche. Two games to rotate again and see, finally, players who have returned from their injuries, like Odegaard. Recovering the Norwegian for the cause would be one of the best news for Madrid to say goodbye to 2020.

In such a turbulent year, Odegaard’s return to Madrid has not been easy. His 2020 has been marked by his right knee pain and several muscle injuries. In the end, he has only been able to play eight games with the white jersey and so far he has not been able to fulfill the great expectations that had been for him after his great season at Real Sociedad, especially in the first part of the championship. Between one thing and another, he has been left without playing in a total of 12 games.

The 362 ‘of Odegaard

The 362 minutes that Odegaard has played know little. Surely, because only Odriozola, Jovic, Militao, Mariano, Hazard and Isco they have played less than him. And that Martin started the season as a starter in the eleven against the Real society and Betis, the first two rivals of the course. Since then, the most it has had of continuity have been five games between November and December.

Martin Odegaard, during a match with Real Madrid

The statistics are not on Odegaard’s side, either. He is still at zero in terms of goals and assists, when with Real, before saying goodbye to 2019, he already added four goals and five goals. The best of the Norwegian in Madrid has not been in the numbers, since there has been an opportunity to see how important he can be in pressure and the creation of the game. Odegaard is from the ‘invisible’ school of work, the one that makes everyone around him play better.

But there is still much to discover about Odegaard at Real Madrid. Whether as a midfielder, as ’10’ or even on the wing, Zidane knows that he has a footballer with a lot of potential who only needs to feel comfortable on the pitch again and that injuries do not stop his growth in the season. The priority is that he reaches his one hundred percent physical and not risk, that is why he did not play in Ipurúa despite traveling.

Odegaard has the opportunity to close 2020 with a good taste in his mouth despite everything. If Madrid win the two remaining games (it would add a streak of seven victories in a row) and players like Odegaard or Hazard shine again, Zidane’s team will be able to enjoy the entrance to the new year with tranquility and a lot of optimism. Who was going to say it a few weeks ago, but Madrid always comes back and now they need those stars who have seen little to take the next leap.

Odegaard’s redemption is one of Zidane’s remaining goals to finish 2020. The beginnings are not usually easy and Martin has been able to verify this. Modric, who at 35 is developing at a spectacular level, has given the club peace of mind in this regard and there is time for a sweet transition to take place. Because we must not forget, Odegaard is Modric’s ‘heir’.



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