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He Real Madrid he hopes to play against Osasuna this next saturday. A duel that will be marked by low temperatures and, if the weather forecasts are met, by the snow that may be on the grass. But all this is not important for a player from the merengue squad. Martin Odegaard, who started the season as one of the great revelations, wants and needs minutes.
The young midfielder has notably fallen on the minute list. Both by decision of Zidane as for the physical problems that have affected him or, simply, for the good moment in which his main competitors live by the minute. And, therefore, the duel against Osasuna is presented as a golden opportunity for Odegaard get back chevrons at Real Madrid.
Odegaard has nine appearances so far this season. Little more than 300 minutes in the legs that, already in January, are not what the player expected. However, it should be noted that up to nine times he was not among those chosen by Zidane due to his physical problems. Injuries, which have punished a large part of the white squad, are now a thing of the past for the player.
Recovered for the duel before him Eibar, Zidane has summoned him in all the games that have gone since. But, despite that call, it was not until the last duel that he gave him minutes. Odegaard stayed on the bench against the gunsmith team, also against Granada and also against Elche. Dynamics that changed in the duel against him Celtic vigo and where Odegaard returned to run through the grass with a tackle in the last minutes of the game. Looking at his stats, Odegaard often repeats when he hits the grass.
The month that awaits Real Madrid is decisive in the development of the season. And this league duel is the first stone. He Atlético de Madrid the piston does not drop and after the last day he extended his advantage over his pursuers. Real Madrid, however, is confident of being able to fight for The league and more after having beaten Atlético in the past derby. Winning Osasuna, who has just won in the Cup, is mandatory to prevent the rojiblancos from leaving in the classification.
But Odegaard’s moment is important not only for the league match, but for next week. Real Madrid will play its first title of the year with a Spanish Super Cup with two games. The first, the semifinals against Athletic. And, in case of winning, a second match of the final against Barcelona or Real society.
It will be an appointment for the different projects to be measured on the lawn. But also for the players to step up and send a message, individually, to Zidane. Odegaard, who the French coach trusts, plays it.
The rotations of the Real Madrid coach already became the hallmark in his first stage. And in this second in front of the merengue painting he is repeating the same plan. Zidane has his entire squad and examples such as Lucas Vázquez, who went from being criticized to being fixed in the team, is the clearest.
Odegaard left good feelings before him Villarreal, also against Inter in Champions and against Celta he did not have much time for it. Osasuna, the duel before the Super Cup, could be his new opportunity. Every minute must be used and Zidane has sent a very clear message.
Although the question was about Jovic, the argument goes for anyone. “One minute can change perspective and many things for a player. Everyone has to be ready because we are going to need it. “And more so remembering that it was Zidane who, at the beginning of the season, required the signing of Odegaard while enjoying his assignment at Real.
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