After the end of the last international matches this year, Real Madrid players return to the Spanish capital with physical exhaustion and psychological instability, and this is what French coach Zinedine Zidane will work on in the coming period.
After a heavy loss to Valencia 1-4 in the last round of the Spanish championship, Zizou is waiting for a difficult LaLiga match at Villarreal, in the absence of Sergio Ramos, the captain of the team, who suffered an injury during Spain’s crushing six-game victory over Germany last Tuesday in the European Nations League.
And the absence of Ramos – who is expected not to play in Villarreal in the domestic league and Inter Milan in the Champions League – will leave a large gap in the royal defense that is difficult to compensate.
Zidane will work to avoid repeating some of the mistakes that cost the team a lot, most notably two losses from Kadesh in the League and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, and also snatching him – at the fatal time – a tied loss from Borussia Monchengladbach to regain some of his health in the competition and defeat Inter Milan.
Zidane’s first task is to make sure that his players are stable on a mental and psychological level rather than on football.
In light of the crowded schedule of matches and the turmoil left by the Corona virus, Zidane must talk to his players and warn them not to lose focus early and lose the LaLiga title they won last season.
It is noteworthy that the Meringue will face the “yellow submarines” on Saturday, and then travel to Italy to be a guest at the “Nerazzurri” next Wednesday.