After Real Madrid draw against Las Palmas, it is the moment to think what mistakes the team made. This is the second draw in a row but Los Blancos still are in the top of the table. One of the surprises we saw this weekend was the substitution of Cristiano Ronaldo in the minute 72, replaced by Lucas Vázquez.
We know Zinedine Zidane is making rotations in all the matches. In fact, he used in the beginning of the season all his players of the squad except Fabio Coentrao and Keylor Navas, both are injured. When the match finished the journalists asked the manager why he changed the Portuguese. Zidane explained it saying that he was thinking on the match they have to play next Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund in Champions.
The rotations are good because the season is quite long and you have to give a rest to your players. There are players that usually don´t rotate. This example is Cristiano Ronaldo. We know that the Portuguese star want to play every minute of the season and maybe if you replace him, he can get angry.
Last year Cristiano was changed in all the regular season two times. The same number as this year, but the Portuguese only has played three matches in La Liga. In the other game Cristiano was changed was against Osasuna. He replaced Karim Benzema in the last 20 minutes when the result was 5-1. This weekend we saw Cristiano leaving the pitch in the minute 72 but with a very tight result 1-2. Cristiano saw on the bench how Las Palmas scored the goal of the draw in the last five minutes.
It looks like Zinedine Zidane wants to take care of his star replacing him in the matches before the Champions League. We don´t usually see Cristiano leaving the pitch if it´s not because of an injury. Should Cristiano play every single minute?