Real Madrid – La Liga Opinion of Pedro Luis Ripoll
Real Madrid are among the teams suffering most cruelly from the anomalies of a season that’s being played in the context of a pandemic. Dani Carvajal has suffered a new muscular injury, which makes it three in total this season – plus another trauma injury.
There are other cases in the Real Madrid squad of players who are finding it impossible to play a run of games because they are spending continuous time out with muscle injuries.
Belgium’s team doctor, referring to Eden Hazard, called it a “vicious cycle of injuries”. In the last few days, Zinedine Zidane was brave enough to discard bad luck as a possible reason behind his team’s injuries.
What’s for sure is that Real Madrid have now suffered 40 injuries this season, compared to 15 at Atletico Madrid. It’s not the first time in modern football statistics that a team has been so severely affected by a succession of injuries that stretch them to their limits. It won’t be the last either.
Managing and getting out of a cursed situation such as this is difficult because the causes behind it are sown months in advance and now they’re paying the consequences. You can’t start the season over again. You have to avoid, at all cost, a psychosis of injury risk that leads to confusion and disorientation.
In cases like this, you have to recover the protection that, on an individual level, means structured training and respecting the rule established by FIFA’s medical services that no player can play until they have completed six training sessions. That’s the moment of rigour and caution. In situations like this, there’s no margin for error.