si Ancelotti wants to seek consolation in the face of the injury plague that is ravaging the Real Madrid you can call Zidane. He was the last to suffer a situation identical to that which the Italian is currently experiencing, conditioned by a constant dripping from lesions that raise the bill to nine victims due to physical setbacks. Within seven days, Madrid will return to the competition and will do so tremendously diminished.

Ancelotti You need ideas and all kinds of plans to get out of trouble. And in that sense, ZZ He has experience because he had to do all sorts of tricks to survive Real Madrid’s last big injury crisis this season. 20-21in which there was also nine victims.

A plague that left Zidane no right-wingers (Carvajal and Lucas)without the starting pair of defenders (Varane and Ramos) or also all at once without Benzema, Rodrygo, Valverde and Hazard. Still, the Real Madrid The guy not only held on but fought for the League until the last day after 13 wins and five draws in the last 18 gamesalso reaching Champions semi-finalswhere he fell before Chelsea in the semifinals.

Mariano-Marcelo and Mariano-Isco ‘alone’ on the bench

In February 2021 and in the midst of a results crisis, Zidane’s casualties accumulated. With eight and nine absences he faced the Championship games against Huesca and Getafe. Hazard, Ramos, Militao, Carvajal, Rodrygo, Valverde, Lucas and Isco were the victims in the first and Hazard, Ramos, Militão, Carvajal, Rodrygo, Valverde, Lucas and Odriozola (plus Kroos sanctioned) In one second. In Huesca he only had Marcelo and Mariano as field players from the starting team and the Brazilian had to come in to replace the injured player Odriozole. Before him Getafethey were Mariano and Isco first team players on the bench. A day when ZZ had to play with three defenders due to losses (Nacho, Varane and Mendy) and place the youth team as right wing Marvin Parkswindler Marcelo on the other band. Modric and Casemiro They were the only midfielders.

Bait between castilistas and ‘false nine’

A few days later Zidane confronted with nine victims previous matches Valladolid and Atalantain the first leg of the round of 16 Champions. In Pucela, Bait was on the next bench Lunin, Altube, Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez, Blanco, Hugo Duro and Arribas. In the field, Mariano It was the spearhead for the decline Karim and Lucas He was starting to take his first steps as a right back. Against Atalanta, Isco had to act like a ‘false nine’ and Mariano was the only team member on the field on the bench, accompanied by the same five castilists.

Valverde, right back

For a few weeks Zidane He had a short rest in the infirmary where he ‘only’ had between four or five casualties after the crisis that caused him to have nine absences. The problem is that some of these casualties were concentrated in a certain position, as occurred with the injuries of Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez. This forced the coach to improvise in that position, in which Valverde came to play as a starter in the second leg of the round of 16 against Liverpool in the Champions League. Also Nacho and Militão They remained fixed in the center of the defense due to the casualties of Ramos and Varanethe latter for the Covidwhich at that time was reaching the squadrons (Varane missed four games).

Desperate situation

The truce ended and the drama returned with the casualties: seven absences. Nacho joined the victims and the youth team Still was a starter against Getafeduel in which the midfield trident was Modric-Isco-Asensiosince Valverde He was the next to test positive and missed four games. Before him Cadiz it was White the young player who fell into the eleven and Zidane had to return to the line of three defenders, with Marcelo and Odriozola as wingers, to be able to form an eleven.

Vinicius, as right winger

The final stretch of that season’s injury crisis left the joke of seeing Vinicius start form as extreme right due to the needs of the itinerary in the face of casualties. It was on the way back semi-finals against Chelseacorrespondence in which ZZ had to force the reappearance of Ramos and Mendy because there was no other option to try to pass the round. Madrid would be eliminated in Europe, but would end up fighting the League until the last day in a ‘miracle’ of great merit after three months of nightmare doing juggling losses.


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