The match against Cádiz was, a priori, ideal for the return of Real Madrid after the national team break. A recently promoted and at home to add three points and face the tremendous curves that they expected later with three very important matches in just seven days with the premiere in the Champions Wednesday against Shakhtar, Barça at the Camp Nou on Saturday and the second day of the maximum continental competition the following Tuesday with the visit to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
However, all the Madrid team’s plans fell apart after the great performance of the brave team from Cadiz… and the terrible image of Real Madrid with which, probably, it was one of the worst early parts of Zidane’s team since the Frenchman returned a year and a half ago.
“In the second half we were better but if they score two or three goals in the first half there is nothing to say”
The French coach he was wrong with his alignment, and the best test was the four changes he made at half-time after 45 minutes in which Cádiz was far superior to Real Madrid, for whom the best news was reaching only 0-1 at half-time. “We cannot be happy but this is what can happen in football when you do not enter a game well, it has cost us a lot. It has been very difficult from the beginning, in the second half we were better but if they score two or three goals in the first there is nothing to say, “the Frenchman admitted after the game.
Zizou made a bet on veterans and they failed him, being some of them very portrayed and marked after the defeat. On everyone’s lips is Isco’s name, who again had a gray performance and showed that his physical condition is not the most suitable. At halftime, he was substituted along with Luka Modric, who did not have his best night, Sergio Ramos (due to injury) and Lucas Vazquez, another of those who are in the eye of the hurricane for his very low contribution and the insistence of the French coach in giving him minutes.
Neither was not right Marcelo, who had minutes to rest Ferland Mendy, who seems to have won the game as the starting left-back. The Brazilian was very misguided in his best virtue, the offensive part, and had his usual defensive gaps. His low level questions the club’s decision to sell Reguilón in the summer.
Nor did players like Toni Kroos, Vinícius o Karim Benzema, although his credit is much greater, while Nacho, another who was weak, is nothing more than a patch against bad luck due to the injuries of the two right backs, Dani Carvajal and Álvaro Odrizola.
The subsequent defeat of Barça was a great relief for Real Madrid, but that does not mean that there has been self-criticism and conspiracy in the players’ talk on Sunday with Zidane: the image given to Cádiz cannot be repeatedEven less so in the next important commitments.