Zidane gives instructions to Valverde in the match against Elche.Kiko Huesca / EFE
Real Madrid lost Eden Hazard the day before receiving Atalanta in the second leg of the Champions League (21.00, Movistar Champions League) and, surely, the worst thing for the Belgian and the club is that the team remains the same as it was. After an infinite sequence of physical problems of all kinds since he landed at the Bernabéu in the summer of 2019 (the sixth fall of this course is in the right psoas, with no estimated time off), the whites have got used to living without he. "Something is happening. He had never been injured. I hope that he will be with us soon ", Zinedine Zidane managed to say, already without answers to explain this medical drama.
Real Madrid, without Hazard and without escape in Champions " With Gasperini you cannot debate " Roberto Donadoni:" Capello me he wanted to sign for Real Madrid ”
Signed from Chelsea for more than 100 million euros, the attacker was one of those chosen to alleviate the scoring problems after the unresolved departure of Cristiano Ronaldo , for whom Zizou still sighs. "It can happen, it can happen," the Frenchman said this Monday with intrigue about the possibility of a return from the Portuguese. While that talk goes on, the present bullshit of the whites looks with frustration at the famished contribution of the Belgian to the scoring task: four goals. He never threw wood in that bonfire, so ZZ and his people, until nobody says otherwise, will have to continue covering that hole with the usual ones.
One of those weapons was Casemiro and he loses it by accumulating cards in front of the army of the revolutionary Gasperini, the ideologue of a group that left the margins of Calcio to not stop attacking. In the first leg, the early expulsion of Freuler forced him to shelter behind and threaten much less than he promised, but in Valdebebas, except unforeseen, the usual wild version of Atalanta is expected. The 0-1 defeat in Italy does not leave him much choice either.
Money at stake
In this foreseeable context, the loss of Casemiro is indeed a major upheaval. In a Madrid that does the right thing by doing the rubber all season, the Brazilian's presence has multiplied in all corners of the field. To his classic work of support in the middle, he has added his role as a center-back in recent weeks and, in the face of scoring shortages, he has become the team's second top scorer, with six goals. He will not be there, although with respect to the Bergamo clash three weeks ago, where ZZ traveled with just enough to set up an eleven with players from the first team, the whites recover Sergio Ramos and Benzema.
Used to stretch the rope throughout the entire season. campaign and clinging to their many lives, the return against Atalanta does not admit subterfuge: a great failure is classified or signed. After not exceeding the eighth in the last two years, a third hit in a row would be a stick for an entity that often has to be reduced to its performance in the Champions League. The prestige of the club, the sporting future of much of the dressing room and the economy of Valdebebas would be highly exposed. In times of pandemic, not entering the 10.5 million of the ticket to rooms would become another stone to deal with pending renovations. Including Ramos.
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