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After a few days somewhat complicated by the defeat in the Copa del Rey, the triumph before Alaves to recover sensations, and training sessions marked by losses, the Real Madrid will face a Levante that comes from going to the Cup round with a win against him Valladolid. A duel to continue climbing positions and in which you cannot fail to prevent Atlético from marching. A final for the whole team and, specifically, for Alvaro Odriozola.
The right back of Real Madrid aims to start against those of Paco Lopez. The losses in the merengue team do not leave any other option, although in the last day it already had minutes. Zidane, who remains separated by his positive for the Covid-19, is doubt to be present. However, his decision is clear: he will give the Basque defender the opportunity.
Odriozola has not had an easy season due to physical problems and chained substitutions. In the rotation scheme, he has always had Carvajal ahead and he slipped in in recent weeks Lucas Vazquez. In total, just three appearances so far this season and less than 200 minutes in the legs. Numbers that against Levante will seek to improve.
And it is that to see his last title in La Liga you have to go back to the beginning of the domestic campaign. It was the third matchday and Real Madrid faced Valladolid in the Of Stefano. The duel ended with a merengue victory and Odriozola added 57 minutes with the merengue team. His ordeal would then begin due to an injury that left him apart until the end of November.
After his recovery, long and complicated, Odriozola arrived for the last Champions League game – and he was left on the bench without minutes – and for the start of the merengue comeback in La Liga. Summoned before the Seville, Odriozola ran out of minutes in the subsequent seven games of the league competition. Alavés broke that drought and Levante will mean their return to the starting team.
Odriozola will not have more opportunities like the one at the weekend. If he does not manage to take the expected step forward, and more so in a situation like the current one, he will only have the path of transfer in the summer transfer market.
The losses of Madrid
The merengue team is not having a good season in terms of physical condition. On few occasions it has been possible to count on the entire squad to the maximum and against Levante that situation, sporadic so far this season, will not occur. In the absence of seeing the sensations of the last training session, everything indicates that the defensive line will have important casualties and that they leave Odriozola free.
The most relevant is that of Sergio Ramos. The captain has not trained in the last session and everything indicates that he will not be present before the Levantine team. The defensive pair, with Nacho set aside for its positive for Covid-19, leaves no room for doubt: Varane and Militao they will repeat in the center of defense. However, it is on the right side where the problems come.
Dani Carvajal is the right back par excellence. The titleholder, the untouchable, the favorite. However, this campaign has also encountered physical problems on several occasions and has been forced to move away from the pitch for some time. It is there where a figure like Lucas Vázquez has emerged, who began the season marked by his low performance and who has become one of the favorite resources of Zidane. Lucas trained inside the facilities with Ramos and Carvajal and except for a last minute change, he will not arrive.
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