Real Madrid His absence was noticeable against Club Brugge
Life brings many twists and turns, and no more is that the case than at Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez almost departed the club in the summer, but the 2-2 home draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday night demonstrated that Zinedine Zidane was missing not only the Colombian but also Gareth Bale, another player who almost left Los Blancos.
In fact, given the confusion around why James and Bale had been left out of the matchday squad for the Brugge match, Zidane had to explain in his post-match press conference that both players had knocks and were thus not ready to play.
James‘ case is special, too. His bitter departure two seasons ago to Bayern Munich came because of his poor relationship with Zidane, and it should be noted that for much of the summer the Frenchman still wasn’t ready to include the playmaker in his plans, which led to Napoli and Atletico Madrid expressing an interest in his services.
However, this situation flipped on its head and now it seems obligatory that James is in the starting line-up, or at least to have him in the squad as an elite attacking option off the bench.
Up against Brugge, apart from Madrid‘s defensive failures, they lacked a spark in attack. They missed James and Bale.
James suffered a blow to his fibula in the match at Sevilla and that led to him only playing a few minutes against Osasuna and Atletico Madrid, and despite training on Monday, the Real Madrid doctors advised that he was left out of the squad for the Brugge clash.
The 28-year-old can offer Real Madrid something that they’ve been missing, while Eden Hazard‘s underwhelming displays and Isco‘s recent return from injury means that James should retain his importance in the side.
James can help Los Blancos get their play moving faster in midfield and can chip in with goals and assists, so he can not only be an option for Zidane but he can be his savour. The twists and turns of life.