Real Madrid – La Liga Zidane and his players were critical on Saturday
Real Madrid’s game away to Osasuna, which was played in terrible conditions, saw the champions slip up again and the gap at the top of the LaLiga Santander table widen further.
Zinedine Zidane was furious after the game, as was Thibaut Courtois, and they let their anger be known with the whole situation, which all started on Friday afternoon.
It’s just the latest chapter in Real Madrid‘s argument with LaLiga. From television rights to the Super League, and from VAR to this trip to Pamplona, it doesn’t look like quietening down anytime soon.
“It wasn’t a football match,” Zidane repeated afterwards. “It should have been suspended.
“Now we don’t even know when we’ll be able to return [to Madrid].”
Courtois joined his coach in his complaints, saying it was “unfortunate what LaLiga have done to us, we’re not puppets.
“We took off on an icy runway because if we didn’t we’d have lost three points.
“We’re people, not a show.”
Real Madrid were already angry even before the game. They wanted to travel on Saturday, not on Friday, and nothing was done by LaLiga to postpone the game, even given the weather conditions brought in by storm Filomena. But they travelled, played on a pitch that wasn’t in good condition, and dropped more points to fall further behind Atletico Madrid.
The dispute has been simmering recently, and the club look further away from LaLiga than ever before. Florentino Perez has hinted that the European Super League is on its way, and Javier Tebas has been quick to criticise the Real Madrid president.
Real Madrid have also been annoyed by VAR’s use against them. Los Blancos maintain that a lot of controversial plays that would favour them are not replayed on television.
“There have been a lot of times on television when they haven’t shown very important plays,” Florentino Perez said at the last assembly.
“Everyone sees a great difference in the replays, but also in the comments of people who are never favourable towards Real Madrid.”
Tebas, expectedly, hit back, reminding Florentino that “if you think that, there’s a button on the remote control with which you can put on RMTV”.
Before all of this, they were at war over the LaLiga Santander timetable. Real Madrid have maintained that they have less time to recover between games than their rivals. It erupted when they had to face Getafe and Athletic Club within 64 hours in the summer. In all, they had 135 hours less rest than Barcelona in the final stretch of last season.
All of these contribute to a bigger argument, and now the relationship between Florentino and Tebas looks to be beyond repair.