Real Madrid are back in the race for the La Liga title and now are on 57 points in the table, 6 points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid. Barcelona who are supposed to be in turmoil sit sandwiched in the middle on 59 points.
Let’s have a look at what is happening in the Spanish capital and with our favourite boys in white.
Next Up for Real Madrid
The second leg of the Champions League tie with Atalanta awaits the team on Tuesday night. They have the 2nd leg at home after travelling to Italy and snatching a narrow 1 goal win but all-important away goal. This is a precarious position for Madrid as Atalanta are always offensive and will fancy scoring even in the intimidating arena of the Bernabeu.
The big team news will be that Eden Hazard will miss the tie. He has succumbed to yet another injury. After coming back from a 2-month layoff he limped off against Elche on Saturday. They won the game but the loss was their French talisman Hazard. Zidane continues to support his countryman and hopes this latest injury is only a short one.
In a news conference, he put it pretty strongly, perhaps showing his frustration at the fitness record that his man would come back to fitness and play like a “motherxxxx”. Since his move to Madrid, for €100 million euros from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, he has only featured 36 times and only started 20 league games out of a possible 65 games.
The expectation was high, but his return has been disappointing with only four goals and seven assists. His best season at Chelsea was 16 goals and 15 assists in the 2018 2019 season.
Hazard could miss the next game before the international bread at Celta Vigo on March 20. He then would be away with Belgium for some World Cup qualifiers before the next league game against Eibar on April 4.
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Bale’s Change of Form
Our other favourite but injury-prone Galactico, Gareth Bale is turning things around at Tottenham Hotspur and showing great form in the English Premiership. What Zidane would do to have Bale available for his match day squads?
The Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho has publicly backed his player and said if he could he would play Bale every minute of every match. The season-long loan was looking like a failed attempt to get Bale’s fitness and his value back up, and it looked a certainty that he would return to Madrid at the end of the season.
Bale will be 32 in the summer at the end of the season and its still unlikely Tottenham would have the finances to take Bale on a permanent deal. They may just have succeeded to put Bale in the shop window and priced themselves out of his signature.
Their hierarchy especially Daniel Levy are not known for paying big fees for transfers or high wages. Madrid are still subsidising most of Bale’s wages now. His contract runs until 2022, and it’s perhaps the only option to extend the loan if there are no takers for him permanently. Read more about the Welshman’s return to form here.