The FIFA virus He has been the greatest enemy of European football coaches in recent decades. The number of injuries after international commitments is alarming and ends up hurting the clubs. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have not been saved from this situation and they have suffered the great consequences. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fear of the teams is greater due to the tight schedule.
Playing games every three days, with zero margin for recovery, is taking its toll. At Barça, Ronald Koeman has already lost several players, such as Coutinho, Lenglet or Ansu Fati (although in your case it is different) and Zinedine Zidane is not far behind. The French has a half staff in the infirmary, due to injuries and COVID-19 and his position will be played in the coming weeks, in addition to the permanence of his team in the Champions League.
The bad news for the French is that everything can go very wrong, as it happened in the previous national team break. After international commitments at the beginning of October, Real Madrid lost in two consecutive games at their stadium, Alfredo Di Stéfano. Zidane had started in front of Cádiz (0-1) rotating key players, such as Casemiro and Valverde, to give them rest and the experiment did not work. They fell at home and lost Sergio Ramos through injury.
Three days later, the story could have been more embarrassing. The Shakhtar Donetsk He arrived in the Spanish capital plagued by casualties, due to COVID-19 and humiliated Real Madrid in the first half, with a 0-3. Zidane’s men almost managed to overcome the result, after goals from Luka Modric Y Vinicius Jr, but they ended up losing in their debut in the Champions League, something that punishes them to date.
Will history repeat itself?
Now, reality looks worse for Zinedine Zidane. In addition to the fatigue with which the players will arrive after the FIFA break, the casualties due to injury of Dani Carvajal, Federico Valverde Y Nacho Fernandez, the one by COVID-19 (Casemiro, Hazard, Militao). The Frenchman will have only one day with all the footballers before meeting against Unai Emery’s Villarreal, second in the League, behind Real Sociedad. Three days later, will visit the Giuseppe Meazza to play against Inter in the Champions League.
The difficult situation of Real Madrid It is something that Barcelona should take advantage of if you want to get back on track in the fight for the leadership of LaLiga Santander. Currently, those of Zidane occupy the fourth place, with 16 points. Barcelona, meanwhile, it is in the eighth position with 11 units. For the Blaugranas it will not be easy either, since they will face the Atlético de Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano Saturday, November 21. Koeman’s men need to add three at a time from now on to reverse the uneven start to the season.