Real Madrid – La Liga Opinion of Carlos Gonzalez
Zinedine Zidane was extremely angry at the end of the match against Osasuna, understanding that this fixture shouldn’t have been played due to the conditions in which it was held.
I would differentiate two things here. On the one hand, it’s true that perhaps they shouldn’t have even travelled. It’s not acceptable that the footballers were locked in a plane at the airport for almost four hours, as a decision was made whether or not to take off in the middle of the worst snow storm in Madrid for over 50 years.
But it is also true that one the team arrived in Pamplona, Zidane has to prepare them for the match thoroughly. Against a team that is second to last in the LaLiga Santander table, Real Madrid looked once again a slow, predictable team, lacking in ideas and unable to create chances. All Osasuna had to do was defend in an organised manner.
The pitch, although it’s true that it was bad, can’t be an excuse for Real Madrid. These footballers have played on pitches in a far worse condition. What Los Blancos lacked, just as happened against Elche, was depth and punch in their football. Only when the team was desperate did they begin to put their opponent in trouble.
Excusing yourself on the pitch is a mistake. What Zidane must do is self-criticise and consider why his team is incapable of hurting an opponent who were nothing more than well organised. It’s not the first, nor will it be the last time that this happens this term. This is why it’s very difficult for Real Madrid to retain their title, the lack of consistency is incredibly costly.
This current Real Madrid team lacks punch when matches get troublesome. Karim Benzema was missing, Marco Asensio was the only one who stood out and Eden Hazard continues to disappoint.
Then Mariano Diaz was given a chance at the same time Sergio Ramos moved to a centre forward position, and they got in each other’s way. Zidane also insists on giving Isco minutes and not handing Martin Odegaard a chance.
In 2020/21, this Real Madrid team was able to rescue what was a perilous situation in the Champions League and remain in touch with the domestic title race, but I maintain that Zidane‘s team has embarked on a road to nowhere this term.
I say this because they lack resources and footballing quality to hope to win the most important titles.
The excuses from the pitch aren’t enough to explain it and nor are the officials, although it’s fair to say that I think there was a very clear penalty on Casemiro in the 92nd minute against Osasuna.
Anyway, it’s not a question of points, but of football. Although they may have won 1-0 with a last-gasp penalty, the feelings would have been the same. Very bad.