Athletic Club players celebrate with Raúl García his goal against Real Madrid

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Zinedine Zidane has decided to reduce the pressure and tension in the changing room Real Madrid after one of the most complicated weeks so far this season. The merengue coach has always promoted a good relationship with the dressing room and the reign of a good atmosphere within the team. In fact, it is one of the characteristic signs of his time in the capital and that has led him to sign some historic years.

Therefore, after removal of the Spain Supercup and after a few days full of controversy over the trip to Pamplona, the technician has left the agenda free until Sunday. It will be at noon on Sunday when the white team returns to the discipline of Valdebebas.

Zidane has released the calendar and until that day there will be no Real Madrid group training. Moments for the disconnection of their players and to return from scratch at the end of the week. The mind, yes, is already set on the cupbearer’s duel.

And is that the stumble before him Athletic Club de Bilbao it was not part of the plans of any member of Real Madrid. This could be verified at the end of the meeting, when the first impressions arrived from both the dressing room and the board. Courtois showed the disappointment of the players, Marco Asensio the anger at not having made it to the grand final and Emilio Butragueño the pain at failing to win the first title of the season.

Athletic Club players celebrate with Raúl García his goal against Real Madrid


However, the mantra repeated from all instances is that you have to think about the next meeting. The Copa del Rey on Wednesday, with the Alcoyano as a rival, it will be the reappearance of a Real Madrid in low hours after the defeat of the Super Cup. And these days of relaxation until Sunday will serve to erase what happened in the previous days.

Because, beyond losing to Athletic, the white dressing room has not gone through a regular week. This season, both due to the breadth of the calendar and due to sanitary measures, the organization that takes place in the white entity is extreme. And that is why the setbacks that arose around the ‘Pamplona case’ have changed the dynamics of the team.

The Real Madrid players went through a confinement of several hours in a plane from Barajas waiting for permission to fly to Pamplona. After a draw at El Sadar, the white box had to stay there one more day and, from Navarre, travel directly to Malaga. Without going through the capital, the capital’s team played the duel against Athletic and, finally, they have returned home.

As Zidane explained after the duel against Osasuna: “I tell you lThe feeling that we have with everything that has happened. We do not know when we will return tomorrow or the day after. It wasn’t a soccer game today. We are going to forget and think about Wednesday. “Things did not improve against Athletic and on Sunday a new week will begin.

Vinicius defending Odriozola

Vinicius defending Odriozola

A key cup

The weekend will be off for the Real Madrid players until that session takes place on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. There is no League match and the Copa del Rey will be the one that occupies the calendar for everyone, except for the teams that have participated in the Spanish Super Cup. Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Athletic and Barcelona they will play their first matches in the cup competition next week.

In the case of Real Madrid, it will be on Wednesday when the meeting will be played against Alcoyano, which will give almost a week of tranquility to a large part of the merengue squad. An anomalous situation in a season where postponed matches, those of the Champions League and those of competitions such as the Super Cup also occupy the weekdays.

The plan that Zidane is taking, in addition to giving rest these days until Sunday, is to continue with that injection of oxygen to the most worn out. The Copa del Rey will be the scene for the most obvious rotations, even in a goal where Courteous He has played it all -25 appearances. Other players like Varane accumulate 24 and more than 2,000 minutes, and names like Benzema, Mendy, Kroos or Modric are already touching that barrier. On the contrary, Odriozola, Odegaard or Mariano ask for passage.

The rest for important players will go well and, in addition, it will allow to extend that calm to the most tense. Saturday against Alavés, more than a week later, could be the reappearance of the team’s stars.

Zinedine Zidane and Lucas Vázquez, during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk

Zinedine Zidane and Lucas Vázquez, during the match against Shakhtar Donetsk



Zidane, despite criticism, has become an expert in changing the most complicated situations. This season, without going any further, the Frenchman has managed to get Real Madrid out of the ground. When it seemed that the computer would not start in The league, Zidane activated the locker room to fight for first place.

When they were on the brink of elimination in Champions, the meringues became the only Spanish team classified as first in the group. And, after the good league streak, the stumble against Elche has once again opened a critical moment in which Zidane can once again demonstrate his ability.

[Más información – Las decisiones de Zidane que condenaron al Real Madrid frente al Athletic]



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