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Open letter to Zidane from inside the Bernabeu

Opinion The opinion of Gregorio Garcia

Dear Zinedine Zidane,

Starting from the premise that I am simply a journalist and football fan and that you’re a prestigious coach with three Champions Leagues, never mind what you did as a player, I’m going to allow myself to write these lines from inside the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

There is nobody better than you to know the players and the status of each one based on training, but it seems incredible to me that a player like Vinicius had a good game against Osasuna and then doesn’t have a minute at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in the derby. Maybe his speed would have been useful given how plainly the team attacked. Then he was on the bench again in the Champions League, with Lucas Vazquez starting. Lucas Vazquez is a magnificent backup, a player who gives his all on the pitch and who is an example of sacrifice, but right now he isn’t at the level of a Real Madrid starter and you’re going to end up dismissing his impact by insisting on starting him when the performance doesn’t follow. He’ll end up becoming an easy target for the fanbase.

Excuse my boldness, but you’re also not aware that the star XI needs fresh blood, that Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos aren’t in sync and keep conceding goals, that the midfield of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric was great in their day but now doesn’t conjure up the necessary play, and that there is a lack of goals up front despite the improvement of Karim Benzema.

It doesn’t seem like there is anything automatic in defence, nor sequences prepared for set pieces. Maybe the one who isn’t aware here is me.

Please understand that you’re back in the Real Madrid dugout and that the fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu are asking for something else from your team. Primarily, they’re asking to fight for titles, at least until the month of May.

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