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2020 closes this Wednesday for Real Madrid with the party against Elche. This is the last test of a year with ups and downs in which two titles have been achieved (The league and Spain Supercup) and now a seven-game winning streak can be ended. Winning the Elche team would be doing it for the sixth time in a row in the League in recent weeks, but Zinedine Zidane think about what’s next.
Madrid keep their options intact to fight for all the titles of the season. He is tied on points with the Athletic in the lead (although having played two more games) and is in the eighth of the Champions League as first of group. However, there is something essential to stay in the fight for the next few weeks and months: the goal.
Zidane knows that without a goal it is very difficult to win. Surely, he has the most important thing which is a lethal striker. That is Karim Benzema, which has 12 goals this season and is in the fight for the top scorer in La Liga (8 goals). The French striker is an insurance against the goal and it is rare the day that he is needed and does not go to his appointment with the goal. The problem is that after Benzema there is nothing.
Real Madrid’s second top scorer this season is right now Casemiro. The Brazilian has four goals, but it is undeniable that he is a footballer more focused on defensive tasks and who cannot be depended on as the team’s second scorer. The goal is widely distributed and after Casemiro four players appear with three goals: Modric, Vinicius, Sergio Ramos and Faith Valverde. That is, just one more striker.
There are eleven Real Madrid players who have wet this season. There are six who are forwards, but there is a very wide gap between Benzema and the rest. Those that have not yet been mentioned are Hazard (2 goals), Rodrygo, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano (all with 1). In addition, there are also Asensio and Jovic who have yet to score a goal on the season.
There is a clear problem in Zidane’s team and the Frenchman has to find the key. It is important to connect those at the top facing the door to accompany Benzema, although also if it has not been achieved so far it is because of the ‘help’ of the plague of injuries. Luckily, Zidane can now say that he has all his team available except Rodrygo, who will be out for three months due to his injury. The technician crosses his fingers not to lose more for a while.
Hazard and the goal
The return of Hazard is the most important news for the task of scoring goals in the offensive part of Madrid. The Belgian has a goal and, although during his first season he stuck and only scored one goal, he has two goals this season. They are few, yes, but Hazard has barely been able to play with injuries and even catching the coronavirus. He has two goals in 315 minutes, a good average that he can follow since the match against Elche.
In addition, Zidane is aware of Asensio’s role. It has been a difficult season for him, but with Rodrygo’s injury he will be able to have important minutes again. Against him Pomegranate There was a good version of Asensio, who gave a goal assist, and now he must find himself with the goal, which is one of his best facets. He and a Vinicius who always generates scoring chances are in charge of raising the numbers from the second row.
[Más información: Las claves del regreso de Hazard]