Eden Hazard, during a Real Madrid training session

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Zidane Hit the key. He Real Madrid It is reliable again and that is the best news that the white club could have to close the year. He already has the best winning streak of the season, four in The league and five in total, and remains hooked to the leadership, which continues to belong to the Atlético de Madrid with the same points (29), but with two less played games.

Madrid have found stability and a good part of it resides in their starting eleven. Zinedine Zidane has found a team that is difficult for him to play and that ‘breaks’ due to his commitment to rotations, although he has already warned that they will return. He has three games in a row in which he has bet the same eleven, or almost. Ten of the eleven titular names have been fixed and only one has ever danced in the same position.

The Real Madrid lineup that has starred in a rush can be recited almost from memory: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Lucas Vazquez, Benzema and … there the doubt. The only piece that dances is the one on the far left, where Rodrygo played for Vinicius in the game this Sunday against Eibar. Vini did not convince in the matches he had and Asensio is ‘missing’.

Eden Hazard, during a Real Madrid training session

Waiting for Hazard

Zidane is missing to close his eleven having a fixed player on the far left. It does not seem that it will cost him much and it is that after having to decide between Rodrygo, Vinicius and Asensio for the last matches, he returns Eden Hazard which is one of the indisputable. The Belgian, who did not return to Ipurúa as a precaution, is expected for the last two games of the year.

And the rotations?

Of course, after three games in a row almost with the same ones, we will have to wait to see Zidane’s new eleven gala. And it is that Luka Modric, who yesterday returned to give a recital of how to play this sport, suffered an overload that could prevent him from playing until the start of 2021. He will return to Faith Valverde the ownership, being the Uruguayan, probably, the next in the list to make a place in the eleven for the big nights.

The problem with Zidane is that the bench is not working as expected, saving the case of Fede. The cases of Vinicius and Asensio are worrying, while the injuries have made disappear Odegaard and Jovic, of which more is also expected. Although sooner or later the changes will have to return: “There will be changes, sure, because we have a very long and difficult season. We rotate a little less now, but the important thing is that the players are there and I will have everyone,” he said. Zidane.

Lucas Vázquez in action with Yuri Berchiche, during Real Madrid - Athletic de La Liga

Lucas Vázquez in action with Yuri Berchiche, during Real Madrid – Athletic de La Liga


Returning to eleven, we must talk about the great revelation: Lucas Vazquez. The Galician, although he has had moments of ownership in Madrid since 2016, has been a fixed since then in the second unit. He had never had the importance that he currently has, since being a winger or right winger he accumulates 13 titles in a row.

The old rockers

The most remarkable thing about Madrid’s eleven is their age. The average age of the ten ‘undisputed’ is 29.7 years, almost touching thirty. Only Ferland Mendy moves away from 30 to 25 years old. The rest are approaching, have them or have already passed them by far. Varane is the second smallest with 27 and then they are followed by Courtois, Carvajal and Casemiro, all of them from 1992, with 28 years. Lucas is 29 and Kroos has already turned 30. The oldest are Benzema, with 33 just turned 33, Ramos and his 34 and, finally, Modric, with 35.

The Real Madrid of the ‘old rockers’ could be called this one. Those who never die. Against Eibar, Benzema and Modric were the ones who shone, one with 33 years and another with 35. They remembered what they have been demonstrating as footballers for a decade, as if time did not pass for them. He is in a great moment of form and represents a ‘problem’ for the Madrid of the future, which has to scratch his head to think how he will replace players like this (also Ramos) when the flame goes out.

[Más información: El Real Madrid continúa con velocidad de crucero en Liga con los ‘jóvenes’ Benzema y Modric]



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