The faces were serious after the home defeat against Shakhtar Donestk (2-3) to open Real Madrid’s European campaign on Wednesday. Led 3-0 at the break by an opponent deemed inferior, the Merengue failed to achieve their comeback to wash away the affront of a second consecutive defeat in four days. “I am the manager. I’m disgusted with the players, because they’ve made me win a lot. I am the coach and it is up to me to find the solution. I didn’t find her tonight“, then reacted Zinedine Zidane.
The house does not give credit
The French coach has agreed to take full responsibility for the rout of his team; a way to relieve his players of a little pressure and get their approval before the Clasico scheduled for Barcelona three days later, crucial for his future on the Madrid bench. If he managed to bring his club to a Spanish league title last season, despite a complicated start, Zidane no longer has the credit for his good years. The elimination from the knockout stages of the Champions League against Manchester City (1-2, 1-2) is still fresh and the start of the 2020/21 financial year did nothing to erase the trace.
3rd in Liga after five days, Real does not yet give the impression of keeping its rank in the league, especially since it remains on a home defeat against the promoted Cadiz (0-1). In the game, the lack of pressure and intensity is singled out. The turnover that was the strength of management at Zidane no longer works as before. Opposite the Shakthar, the entrance to the Karim Benzema, then those of Vinicius Junior and of Toni kroos, sounded like a disavowal of his own choices, like a casting error.
“There is no express repair, no emergency open market, no young player above the scrum who could point his nose and bring in ten goals from the wing, Zidane has to work with. what he has on hand and he must turn the situation to his advantage quickly“, writes the Spanish daily Marca. The newspaper correspondent The team in Spain speaks of a “blatant loneliness“and he claims that in case of defeat at Camp Nou this weekend, ZZ will play his place against Borussia Mönchengladbach in C1 on Tuesday.
More than a joker up his sleeve
Used to shine, to dominate, Real Madrid is allergic to failure. If he brought the Madrid club to three consecutive European coronations between 2016 and 2018, Zinédine Zidane knows that the White House is not the type to offer unlimited credit. Last season, he had already experienced such a situation, receiving a slap of entry into the Champions League against Paris (0-3) and losing in the league against the promoted Mallorca (0-1). The 1998 world champion came out in extremis thanks to a narrow success in Istanbul against Galatasaray (1-0).
To revive this weekend, Real should be able to count on the return of its captain Sergio ramos, each of whose absences almost coincided with the routs in Madrid. Another exit from the track could prove fatal this Saturday if the bill is steep. The last time the Merengue have chained three consecutive defeats, it was in early March 2019 and the coach in place, Santiago solari, had been sacked. The elimination in C1 against Ajax Amsterdam, which occurred after two losses against FC Barcelona, had weighed heavily in the balance and all this had led to the return on the bench of a certain Zinédine Zidane.