The Real Madrid reaches the decisive Classic of Di Stefano tonight at a good time, since they have chained 12 consecutive games without losing defeat and have just played one of their best matches in the first leg of the quarterfinals. Champions against Liverpool (3-1).
However, the white team has several problems that can penalize it against the Barcelona, which for its part also arrives thrown to the appointment in Madrid.
We review some of the weaknesses of the set of Zinedine Zidane Facing the Classic:
Inexperienced and in-box defense
The Real Madrid receive the Barcelona with the defense in square. To the losses already known (and assumed) of Sergio Ramos and of Dani carvajal, was added this week that of Raphael varane after his positive for coronavirus. The three absences leave the rear with very few troops and most likely Zidane repeat with the four who played against Liverpool: Lucas on the right wing, Nacho Y Militao on the axis of the rear and Mendy as a left back. Another possibility is that Zidane recover the defense of three centrals and place Marcelo in the right lane with Mendy in the middle.
Either way, the defense will be unprecedented in a Classic, with Militao disputing his first minutes against him Barcelona since he arrived at Madrid in 2019 from Porto in exchange for 50 million euros. The Brazilian defender and the rest of the defense performed at a high level against him Liverpool, but Messi and company will demand a plus from them, which remains to be seen if they are capable of giving.
To the limit for the load of minutes
Zinedine Zidane will alienate five of the outfield players who accumulate the most minutes this season, in which the Whites have already played 40 games. Varane is the one who has played the most (3,195 minutes) and they follow him Mendy (3,017), Casemiro (2,987), Benzema (2,916), Modric (2,858) and Kroos (2,780). As if that were not enough, Madrid will play the Clásico after one of the most demanding matches of the season and then, on Wednesday, April 14, the return in Anfield against a Liverpool that will go all out.
It is possible that the proximity of the second leg of the quarterfinal of the Champions force Zidane to apply rotations, and there it could enter Fede Valverde to give a break to Kroos or Modric or to act as a fourth midfielder in a more conservative approach.
Benzema He is another of the most demanded footballers this season. Almost all the attacking and scoring responsibility falls on him but now, finally, Zidane has found two partners at his height who are going through a great moment: Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio.
Liverpool, possible distraction on the horizon
The game against Liverpool is just around the corner and that can be a distraction for him Real Madrid. Unconsciously the white players could have their heads in Anfield or they could be dosed as far as possible against Barcelona thinking of Liverpool.
Whites know perfectly, yes, that the train of The league passes by beating the team of Koeman tonight and nothing can be left in the pipeline. A defeat in the Classic could also suppose a blow to the morale of Madrid that could have consequences for the game against him Liverpool.