With many casualties and the match against Inter for the Champions close, Zidane prepares a Real Madrid alternative to face Villarreal.
Villarreal and Real Madrid face this Saturday, November 21, in the football match corresponding to Date 10 of The Santander League of Spain, at the La Cerámica Stadium.
The locals are willing to impose their good time against a current champion full of doubts, urgencies and many casualties.
The Castellón team marches in an excellent second position and aspires to the provisional leadership endorsed by a positive streak that they hope will not stop the international break, a pause that tends to choke the Madrid player who, in addition to going to the couch this week and a half for the doubts that he does not finish parking, it has not brought him good news in the form of injury.
Real Madrid faced the international exodus with the bad news of the strange defeat at the Mestalla against Valencia (4-1), which made it clear that their state of play was not the best, and already with bad news in the form of injury with Valverde .
And he has returned with more problems for that of Sergio Ramos, a player who marks a lot a defensive performance that seems far from the one offered at the end of last season and from which those of Unai Emery want to take advantage.
The outlook, however, worsened just before the crash since Zidane will not be able to count on Benzema, Casemiro, Militao and Jovic, the latter new affected by the coronavirus that the two Brazilians and Eden Hazard had already passed, the positive news together to the recoveries of Carvajal and Nacho.
And all before dealing with another marathon of games without respite. Ten games, some of them very tough, he will have to play from the moment he stepped onto the pitch at the Estadio de la Cerámica until his duel against Granada.
This requirement will greatly affect the future of Real Madrid, which days after taking on the ‘Yellow Submarine’, will have a key match against Inter Milan, another factor that the locals hope to take advantage of.
For now, Zidane will have to decide how he has the 20 players available to him this Saturday to fight a Villarreal that has only lost one game this season, at the Camp Nou (4-0) almost two months ago , and whose state of mind and form makes him very optimistic to be able to scratch the three points.
In defense, where Varane is also ‘touched’ on the shoulder, is where there are more doubts, especially since next Wednesday he has a key Champions League game against Inter Milan and could not risk more casualties.
Nacho is the other healthy center-back next to the youth squad Chust, while on the right side Carvajal could also return to pick up rhythm for Meazza, although there is Lucas Vázquez’s alternative.
Without Casemiro or Valverde, the safest thing is that the Frenchman will choose to put a 4-2-3-1, with Modric, Kroos and Odegaard as the best options, and with Hazard and Asensio the best placed to play on the flanks. Above, Mariano Díez, the only ‘9’ available, could have his great opportunity.
For their part, Villarreal will try to defeat the current champion at home for the first time since they won 1-0 in the 2015-2016 campaign. Since then, a defeat (2-3, 2016-2017) and, curiously, three consecutive draws to two goals.
Unai Emery does not have as many injury problems, although it seems that he will lose forward Paco Alcácer due to muscle discomfort, and his Europa League match in Israel is further away and not as vital as that of his rival.
Bacca would emerge as the Valencian’s replacement, while Pedraza would have more options than Estupiñán for the left-back after the second’s long journey with his team.
The one who seems not to be starting is the Japanese Takefusa Kubo, on loan from Real Madrid and encouraged to show his qualities in a Castellón team, undefeated at home, where Asenjo has only conceded four goals.